Materia Medica: Drugs and Medicines in America|
Spring 2016 not offered
AMST 393, SISP 393|
|Course Cluster: Health Studies|
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 early modern European prospecting for medicinal plants, the development of an international drug trade, and the formation of national pharmaceutical markets in the U.S. in the 19th century. Participants will explore the production, circulation, and restriction of medical knowledge through local practice, public and private institutions, trade and commerce, and regulation. In addition to knowledge of the social history of drugs and medicines in the U.S., students are expected to develop competencies in historical research using primary and secondary sources. The final weeks of the course are devoted to applying historical knowledge to contemporary debates in global public health, including international pharmaceutical research, drug development, and epidemic disease.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
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
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