The Physicians in History

HISTORY151S

Explores health and disease in western cultures over the past two thousand years. Examines, through broad narratives and specific case studies, topics such as physicians' theories and practices, social construction of disease, and the development of the medical profession. Demonstrates how, in addition to medical knowledge, shifting social and cultural values have motivated change in medicine. Investigating doctors’ interests in illness and bodies in the past, as well as patient perspectives of health and disease, shows how a historical awareness of medicine provides crucial perspectives on contemporary medical controversies such as medical technology, bioethics, and health insurance. One course.

Curriculum Codes: 

CZ, EI, SS, STS, W