Disease and Epidemics in Historical Perspective|
Spring 2009 not offered
This seminar examines how concepts of diseases have changed over time in both the West and in some non-Western cultures and how several diseases in particular have reached epidemic proportions from ancient times to the present. These diseases will tentatively include smallpox, plague, cholera, tuberculosis, syphilis, and AIDS, among others. It will provide students with the conceptual tools necessary for the study of diseases and epidemics in history, drawing from modern medical science and epidemiology, as well as from a broad range of historical sources.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(HIST)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
Gerald Grob, The Deadly Truth
Charles Rosenberg, The Cholera Years
Alan Brandt, No Magic Bullet
Ludwik Fleck, The Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact
William Johnston, The Modern Epidemic
Paul Farmer, Pathologies of Power
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Response papers to assigned readings, final research paper developed over semester, using significant primary source materials.
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