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HIST 367 A - History of Western Medicine

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Rise and development of medicine in the West since the sixteenth century; interrelations of physiology, pathology, and social demands with the theory and practice of medicine; pattern of professionalization; social role of the physician; conflict among ideas of medicine as an art, a science, and a social service; and problems of mental illness, medical ethics, and nontraditional forms of practice.

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Description: This course examines the social history of medicine, from antiquity to the present. Specifically, we will study the development of the medical profession, societal responses to epidemic and chronic diseases, the acquisition of medical knowledge, and the development of medical ethics. Students will gain an understanding of competing theories of disease and therapy; challenges to professionalization, medical authority, and institution building; and the relationship between medicine, society, and government. We will also consider how race, gender, nationality, religion, and class have shaped the doctor patient relationship and health outcomes and disparities. Finally, this course will also address challenges to medical authority, shortcomings within the healthcare system, and nontraditional forms of practice. This course will include one weekly class discussions as well as two short exams, and a final of end at semester project.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Spring


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