History of Medicine, Spring Quarter

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.

Thanks,

Matt and Jon

Matt Erickson and Jon Olivera

History Undergraduate Advising

University of Washington

206 Smith Hall

Box 353560

Seattle, WA 98195

vm: 206.543.5691 fax: 206.543.9451

depts.washington.edu/history

www.facebook.com/historyuw

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