Please let your students (especially pre-health students) know about this great course for spring quarter!
HIST 490A “HISTORY OF MODERN MEDICINE” Prof. Laura Harkewicz
MWF 11:30-12:50 Sieg 224 SLN 14544
In the last few decades, medicine and the life sciences have become the locus for some of society’s most extravagant hopes and acute anxieties. History of Modern Medicine is aimed at students who would like to uncover the history behind the headlines and take the “longer view” of some of these questions. It will cover some basic facts and concepts, featuring three broad themes: 1) how medical knowledge was made, 2) technological contributions, and 3) the affects of existing philosophies, paradigms or political/social/cultural conditions. We will investigate the origins of aspects of contemporary life familiar to us all, from the vitamins we swallow down with breakfast to giving birth in a hospital, bringing a historical perspective to bear on topics such as the politics of pharmaceutical patents, the emergence of the new genetic determinism, and ways media representations of medicine and doctors inform our health care decisions.
Matt and Jon
Matt Erickson and Jon Olivera
History Undergraduate Advising
University of Washington
206 Smith Hall
Seattle, WA 98195