Pills, Profit, and Power: The History of Medicine in America

History N100.002

Summer 2018
First 6 Week Session
9 Lewis
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MW, 12–2 p.m. | May 21–June 29
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• This is a 2 unit course. It does not fulfill a major requirement.

Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that life expectancy in the United States has declined for the second consecutive year in a row, even though it spends more on healthcare than any other country.  How did this come to be?  In an attempt to answer this question, this course examines the cultural, social, political, economic, and intellectual history of American medicine from the eighteenth century to the present. Topics include: Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), bloodletting, health citizenship, bioethics, the AIDS epidemic, the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, mental health, women’s health, health activism, disability, and the opioid crisis.