Social History of Medicine


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Social History of Medicine

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This reading seminar will track major themes in social histories of medicine and examine the variations of health and disease among different temporal, geographic, local, and global contexts. Who has made claims to histories of the body? How have experiences and understandings of disease entities and disease concepts shifted over time? To answer these questions, this course will offer a historiographical review of medical histories that engage with social, cultural, epistemological, political, technological, and institutional concerns. Topics will include medical ethics, the politics of race and biology, the social history of cancer, and epidemics.

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HIST 300 Social History of Medicine