Healers, Quacks, and Mystics: Alternative Medicine in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century America|
This history of complementary and alternative medicine has been reinvigorated by recent medical studies that report as many as 40 percent of Americans visit or purchase services and products provided by alternative practitioners of medicine. Situating this phenomenon historically, this course will not only explore how holistic healing systems survived and prospered over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, but also will analyze the way alternative approaches to healing gave voice to larger social, cultural, and political debates in the United States.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
James C. Whorton, NATURE CURES: THE HISTORY OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IN AMERICA (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)
Robert Johnson, THE POLITICS OF HEALING: HISTORIES OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IN TWENTIETH CENTURY NORTH AMERICA (New York: Routledge, 2004)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
3-5 page paper analyzing historical interpretations of a particular alternative healing system.
Final paper will be an analytical (12-15 page) research paper on an alternative healing system.
|Instructor(s): Hoffman,Brian Scott Times: ..T.R.. 09:00AM-10:20AM; Location: FISK413; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 7||JR major: 8|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 3||SO: 10||FR: 0|
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