Materia Medica: Drugs and Medicines in America|
AMST 393, SISP 393|
This course investigates the identification, preparation, and application of drugs and medicines in the United States, emphasizing the period before the 20th-century institutionalization of corporate research and development. Topics include colonial bioprospecting for medicinal plants, the development of the international drug trade, and the formation of national pharmaceutical markets. Participants will explore the production of medical knowledge through local practice, public and private institutions, trade and commerce, and regulation.
Students engage critically with diverse historical sources. Coursework emphasizes written interpretation of texts.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Courtwright, David T. DARK PARADISE: OPIATE ADDICTION IN AMERICA BEFORE 1940
Fett, Sharla M. WORKING CURES: HEALING, HEALTH, AND POWER ON SOUTHERN SLAVE PLANTATIONS
Rosenberg, Charles. THE CHOLERA YEARS: THE UNITED STATES IN 1832, 1849, AND 1866
Tomes, Nancy. THE GOSPEL OF GERMS: MEN, WOMEN, AND THE MICROBE IN AMERICAN LIFE.
Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. A MIDWIFE'S TALE: THE LIFE OF MARTHA BALLARD
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly response and discussion, 3 short papers (3-5 pp), and one long research paper (8-10 pp).
|Instructor(s): Fullilove,Courtney Times: ...W... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK101; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 3||JR major: 3|| || |
|Seats Available: 1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 3||FR: 0|
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