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A nine page (2700 – 3300 words) research paper on a student selected but approved topic or question related to the course content (25 % of the final grade). Due on Canvas at 11:59 pm, Sunday, August 14.
A survey of the development of medical knowledge and practice from ancient time down through modern times. Special attention is given to understanding these developments and advances in the context of the cultures and the historical and societal circumstances in which they occurred.
COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
Articulate in class discussion examples of how the historical advance of medical knowledge and practice is tied to cultural and social structures.
Defend and take seriously in discussion and in writing past (and even discredited) medical knowledge and practices on their own terms rather than judging them by today’s standards and knowledge.
Reflect in weekly essays and shorter research papers upon the interaction of medical advances with religion, politics, arts and culture and their mutual impacts.
Demonstrate a familiarity with the lives of important medical practitioners and researchers and the difficulties that arise when new knowledge confronts long standing convictions and prejudices.
Demonstrate and summarize in a final longer paper how the historical advances in medical knowledge and applications consistently reflect that while medicine is a science its practice is at the same time and forever will be an art.
The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity. Roy Porter. W.W. Norton. 1997. ISBN 978-0-393-31980.
Medicine and Western Civilization. David J. Rothman, Steven Marcus, and Stephanie A. Kiceluk. Rutgers University Press. 1995. ISBN 978-0-8135-2190-9.
Students must own or have easy access to both textbooks. Additional required readings will be posted on Canvas.
From the Mayo Clinic
https://libraryguides.mayo.edu/medicalhistory (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)
From the Association of College and Research Libraries and the National Library of Medicine
https://crln.acrl.org/index.php/crlnews/article/view/9216/10220 (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)
Date Details Due
Tue May 24, 2022 Assignment Tuesday, May 24, 2022 – Week One due by 5pm
Tue May 31, 2022 Assignment Tuesday, May 31, 2022 – Week Two due by 5pm
Tue Jun 7, 2022 Assignment Tuesday, June 7, 2022: Week Three due by 5pm
Tue Jun 14, 2022 Assignment Tuesday, June 14, 2022 – Week Four: The East – India and China due by 5pm
Sat Jun 18, 2022 Assignment History of Medicine Summer 2022 – First short paper due by 11:59pm
Tue Jun 21, 2022 Assignment Tuesday, June 21, 2022 – Week 5: Experience Confronts Tradition due by 5pm
Tue Jun 28, 2022 Assignment Tuesday, June 28, 2022 [Week 6: The Art of Healing becomes a Science due by 5pm
Tue Jul 5, 2022 Assignment Tuesday, July 5, 2022 – Week Seven: The Rise of Scientific Medical Research and Experimentation due by 11:59pm
Tue Jul 12, 2022 Assignment Tuesday, July 12, 2022 – WEEK EIGHT: Anesthesia, Antiseptics, and Specialization in Medical Practice due by 5pm
Fri Jul 15, 2022 Assignment History of Medicine, Second Short Paper Due Saturday, July 15 due by 11:59pm
Tue Jul 19, 2022 Assignment Tuesday, July 19, 2019 – WEEK NINE: Public Health & the Discovery of Antibiotics due by 11:59pm
Tue Jul 26, 2022 Assignment Week Ten: Colonialism and the third World; Psychology, Psychiatry, and Mental Health due by 5pm
Tue Aug 2, 2022 Assignment Tuesday, August 2, 2022 – WEEK ELEVEN: MEDICAL RESEARCH, CLINCIAL SCIENCE, AND SURGERY due by 2:59pm
Tue Aug 9, 2022 Assignment Tuesday, August 9, 2021 – WEEK TWELVE: Medicine, Socialized and not. From Private to Group Practice. Medical Ethics. due by 5pm
Sun Aug 14, 2022 Assignment History of Medicine – Final Paper due by 11:59pm