Global Health and Disease

History 183A

Spring 2013
Instructor: 
Location: 
219 DWINELLE
Day & Time: 
TuTh 2-330P
CCN: 
39719
Units: 
4
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  • 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 from India, Brazil, South Africa and the United States will be analyzed through readings, lectures and films. For more information and to view the course video trailer, visit http://osseo.berkeley.edu/health.html