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Fall 2018-2019
* HIS 472 / EAS 472 (HA)   No Audit

Medicine and Society in China: Past and Present

He Bian

This seminar offers focused reading and discussion over several key issues in the history of China as seen through the lens of medicine and healing. Using China as a complex case study, we also aim to cultivate a pluralistic understanding of medicine as evolving science, cultural systems, and socioeconomic enterprise. Research papers will explore the historical nature of tradition and modernity. Students from all disciplinary backgrounds re welcome to attend.

Sample reading list:
Barnes and Hinrichs, Chinese Medicine and Healing
Kuriyama, The Expressiveness of the Body
Furth, A Flourishing Yin
Leung, Leprosy in China
Rogaski, Hygienic Modernity

Reading/Writing assignments:
100-150 pp. of reading each week. Three short response papers (or podcast) during the term. Final project can be an essay or narrated & recorded presentation. Weekly readings organized by topic.

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 15%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
Multimedia Student Project Required
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
P/D/F option is not available for History concentrators. No prerequisite in Chinese (all readings are in English)..

Other information:
Interested Freshmen should contact Professor Bian at

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21452 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   McCormick Hall   363   Enrolled:15 Limit:14 Closed