HISTORY 284 - Sickness and Health in Society: 1492 to the Present
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Waitlist Capacity:
50
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
First-year students must obtain permission of the instructor.
Other Course Info:
(Lectures: 3 credits; lectures and discussion: 4 credits).
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

From devastating infectious epidemics to the quiet suffering of malnutrition, health problems have both affected and reflected the evolution of modern society. The course will study four different historical periods, exploring such issues as:

  • the effects of individual habits, environmental conditions, and medical innovation on public health;
  • the role of ethics, economics, and politics in medical decision making;
  • the changing health problems of the disadvantaged, including Native Americans, women, Blacks, immigrants, and workers;
  • the changing meaning of concepts like "health," "disease," "cause," and "cure";
  • the dissemination and impact of medical discoveries; and
  • the changing organization and power of the healing professions.

We will focus on American history, although comparisons will be drawn to other societies. The course is a basic introduction, however, first-year students must obtain permission of the professor to enroll. Classes are taught in lecture format with discussion sections, and will include a variety of audio-visual sources. There will be two essay-style examinations, and frequent short quizzes. This is a challenging and demanding course. Those who miss the first meeting without advance permission will be dropped from the course.

Reading assignments will range from modern histories to poetry and old medical journals.

Required Readings:

  • Leavitt and Numbers, Sickness and Health in America
  • Rosenberg, Cholera Years
  • Crosby, Columbian Exchange
  • DeKruif, Microbe Hunters
  • Pernick, The Black Stork
  • Morantz-Sanchez, Sympathy and Science
  • Course pack from Dollar Bill
  • Warner and Tighe, Major Problems in History of American Medicine

Readings:

  • Warner and Tighe, Major Problems in the History of American Medicine and Public Health Houghton Mifflin (2001).
  • Leavitt and Numbers, Sickness and Health in America, 3nd edition Wisconsin (1997)
  • Rosenberg, The Cholera Years Chicago
  • Crosby, The Columbian Exchange Greenwood
  • De Kruif, Microbe Hunters
  • Pernick, The Black Stork Oxford
-Morantz-Sanchez, Sympathy and Science UNC

HISTORY 284 - Sickness and Health in Society: 1492 to the Present
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
20157
Open
9
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
P
23399
Closed
0
 
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
23400
Open
4
 
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
23401
Open
3
 
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Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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