HISTORY 396 - History Colloquium
Section: 003 Health and Medicine in US Culture Since 1875
Term: WN 2013
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior and Senior HISTORY majors by permission only. HISTORY majors are required to elect HISTORY 396 or 397.
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

Unprecedented technical advances and dramatic cultural changes have repeatedly transformed the health of Americans and the power of the healing professions since 1875. This course will examine how changes in gender, race, economics, and politics, and in the cultural meanings of disease and science, interacted with new technical discoveries to alter medicine, health, and society.

The course is not a comprehensive overview of post-1875 medical history, but will focus on selected specific topics chosen to illustrate the variety of subjects and methods in the historical study of disease and healing. The goal is not to teach you the history of medicine, but to teach you how to do your own research in medical history sources, to examine a few selected models of how others have done such research, and to provide in-depth experience in using the tools of medical history research for yourself.

Course Requirements:

Students are expected to read and discuss thoughtfully about 150 pages each week. A twelve-page term paper based on original historical research, two seven-page book reviews, and a weekly journal are required. Learning to write well about medical history is a major course goal. Group and individual writing instruction will be provided weekly. Demonstrated effort to revise and improve your writing is required of all students.

Intended Audience:

Jr. and Sr. History Concentrators

Class Format:

3 hour seminar 1 day per week.

HISTORY 396 - History Colloquium
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: All sections of 396: students missing the first class may be dropped for non-attendance. Students earning their teaching certificate in History or Social Studies should contact Sheila (sheilaw@umich.edu) before Dec 9 for seat availability.
002 (SEM)
W 3:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (SEM)
Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

Coursepack Location:
Dollar Bill
ISBN: 9780465079346
The social transformation of American medicine : [the rise of a sovereign profession and the making of a vast industry], Author: Paul Starr., Publisher: Basic Books [Nachdr.] 1982
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780156002622
Microbe hunters, Author: Paul De Kruif ; introduction by F. Gonzalez-Crussi., Publisher: Harcourt, Brace 1926
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780674357075
The gospel of germs : men, women, and the microbe in American life, Author: Nancy Tomes., Publisher: Harvard Univ. Press 2nd print. 1998
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780195152944
Polio : an American story, Author: David M. Oshinsky., Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press 2005
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780195077315
The black stork : eugenics and the death of "defective" babies in American medicine and motion pictures since 1915, Author: Martin S. Pernick, Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press 1996
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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