HISTORY 284 - Sickness and Health in Society: 1492 to the Present
Section: 001
Term: FA 2014
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Advisory Prerequisites:
First-year students must obtain permission of the instructor.
Other Course Info:
Those who miss the first meeting without advance permission will be dropped from the course..
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.

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

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
  • Morantz-Sanchez, Sympathy and Science UNC
  • Course pack from Dollar Bill

This is a challenging and demanding course.

Course Requirements:

There will be two essay-style examinations, and frequent short quizzes.

Intended Audience:

The course is a basic introduction, however, first-year students must obtain permission of the professor to enroll.

Class Format:

Classes are taught in lecture format with discussion sections, and will include a variety of audio-visual sources.

HISTORY 284 - Sickness and Health in Society: 1492 to the Present
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
17641
Open
14
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Freshmen are welcome in this course, but are asked to contact the instructor (mpernick@umich.edu) before registering.
002 (DIS)
P
19387
Closed
0
 
-
W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
19388
Open
5
 
-
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
19389
Open
9
 
-
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
23095
Closed
0
 
-
W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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