Health and Disease

History 183

Spring 2010
Instructor: 
Osseo-Asare
Location: 
155 Donner Lab
Day & Time: 
TuTh 2-3:30
CCN: 
39617
Units: 
Units

This course introduces major themes in the history of medicine through the lens of disease. It focuses on two questions: How have people defined well-being? How have they responded to illness? The course considers major diseases to understand their multiple meanings across time and space including: plague, cholera, influenza, sleeping sickness, PTSD, AIDS and malaria. Themes to be considered include changing theories of disease causality, the development of international public health policy, social understandings of the body, and the growth of the pharmaceutical industry. The course emphasizes the roles governments, medical practitioners, and patients play in the social construction of disease and health. Case studies will be analyzed through readings, lectures and films.

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