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Fall 2013-2014
* HIS 395 (HA)   No Pass/D/Fail

History of Medicine and the Body

Katja Guenther

This course covers key concepts and developments in the history of medicine from Ancient times to the present. We will explore ideas of health and disease in Antiquity, the rise of anatomy and dissection in the Renaissance, the fight against germs in the nineteenth century, and modern practices of health, life and death. Particular attention is paid to the ways in which changing medical views and practices were sustained by contemporary experience of the body. What did it mean to fall ill and get better? How did people understand their relationship to the environment? How could one prevent sickness by living a healthy life?

Sample reading list:
Shigehisa Kuriyama, The Expressiveness of the Body
Katherine Park, Secrets of Women
Laural Thatcher Ulrich, A Midwife's Tale
Charles Rosenberg, The Cholera Years
David Barnes, The Great Stink of Paris
Anne Harrington, The Cure Within

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 130 pages of reading per week.

Mid Term Exam - 25%
Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20870 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am T Th   McCosh Hall   46   Enrolled:121 Limit:160
P01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T   McCosh Hall   B24   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
P02 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm T   McCosh Hall   B24   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
P03 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm T   Frist Campus Center   212   Enrolled:9 Limit:15
P04 8:30 pm - 9:20 pm T   Frist Campus Center   212   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
P05 10:00 am - 10:50 am W   McCosh Hall   26   Enrolled:14 Limit:15
P06 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   B22   Enrolled:14 Limit:15
P07 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   B22   Enrolled:10 Limit:15
P08 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th   McCosh Hall   26   Enrolled:14 Limit:15
P09 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
P10 11:00 am - 11:50 am W   McCosh Hall   26   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
23299 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled