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Electives - Humanities and Ethics in Medicine
History of Medicine
Elective Number: (Oasis E18f) 3506
Course Supervisor: Dr. Barbra Mann Wall
Coordinator: Dr. Marcia Day Childress, (434) 924-5974, firstname.lastname@example.org
Available: R12b&13a (4 wk elective)
Report to: Mr. Dan Cavanaugh, Director, Historical Collections
Time to Report: 9:00 am
Place to Report: Historical Collections, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
Typical day: 9:00am- 12:00 noon
Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.
Number of students per rotation: Minimum of 4, Maximum of 12
Course Description: This course is a chronological and thematic exploration of the development of medicine, especially in the United States; of the perennial and changing perceptions of disease, and of the interaction between health and history. A chief goal of the course is to locate 21st-century medicine and health care in an informed perspective on the past. In critical and comparative examination of historical materials, participants not only sharpen their analytical skills but also appreciate both the extent of continuities in medicine and the significance of change. Topics may include early American medicine, epidemic disease, the rise of the hospital system, the medical marketplace, the domains of public health and medicine, the relationship of nursing and medicine, the culture of biomedical research, and health care reform.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:
• Broaden their perspective
on medicine as a science and profession through an understanding of its evolution
over time, in theory and practice
This class meets for twelve seminars in which there is discussion of assigned readings and individual research projects. Students also attend Medical Center Hour.
This description is a general overview. The instructors will establish the
schedule and particular requirements at the time of the course.