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Fall 2013-2014
HOS 594 / HIS 594  

History of Medicine - The Cultural Politics of Medicine, Disease and Health

Keith A. Wailoo

A broad survey of major works and recent trends in the history of medicine, focusing on the cultural politics of disease and epidemics from tuberculosis to AIDS, the relationship of history of medicine to the history of the body and body parts, the politics of public health in comparative national perspective. Surveying key controversies at the intersection of biology and medicine, the intellectual and political logic of specialization in fields such as genetics, health and political activism, and the relationship of class, race, and gender to shifting notions of disease and identity.

Sample reading list:
Warwick Anderson, The Collectors of Lost Souls (Johns Hopkins Univ., 2008)
Nancy Tomes, Gospel of Germs... (Harvard, 1998)
Harold Cook, Matters of Exchange... (Yale Univ. Press, 2007)
Jack D. Pressman, Last Resort: Psychosurgery... (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1998)
Margaret Lock and Judith Farquhar, eds., Beyond the Body Proper... (Duke, 2007)
Ruth Rogaski, Hygienic Modernity: Meanings of Health... (California, 2004)
See instructor for complete list

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Reserved Seats:
HOS Graduate Students Only 4

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20025 S01 9:00 am - 11:50 am W   Dickinson Hall   230   Enrolled:13 Limit:15