STS.005 | Fall 2005 | Undergraduate

Disease and Society in America


Recitation sections meet for one hour each week. They are not included in the course calendar.

1 Introduction: Disease, Medicine, and Society

Part 1: Changing Patterns of Health and Disease
2 Health and Disease Before Columbus Trans-Atlantic Epidemiology

3 Virgin Soil Epidemics

4 The Health of Colonists Health and the Environment

5 Disease and the Environment

6 Urbanization and Public Health Urbanization and Health

7 The Decline of Tuberculosis

8 Epidemiological Transitions and Health Disparities Epidemiological Transitions

9 The Determinants of Health and Disease

10 Debate: Disease History and Health Policy

Paper 1 due
Part 2: Medicine and Society
11 American Indian Medicine Colonial Therapeutics

12 Colonial Medical Theory and Practice

13 Inocutation and Vaccination Medicine in the 18th century

14 Self Help and Heroic Medicine

15 Medical Education Creating a Medical Profession

16 The Rise of Hospitals

Paper 2 due
17 Race, Gender, and Medicine Scientific Racism/Sexism

18 Psychiatry and Mental Health

Part 3: The Rise of Modern Medicine
19 Anesthesia and the Rise of Surgery Therapeutic Revolutions

20 Germ Theory and the Therapeutic Revolution

21 Public Health Politics I: Plague in Chinatown

Paper 3 due
22 Medical Technology and the Modern Hospital Medical Technologies

23 Specialization and Medical Education

24 Public Health Politics II: HIV/AIDS Public Health Revisited

25 Health Care Policy: Access and Cost

26 Disease and Society in the 21st Century

Paper 4 due