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History of Medicine Short Paper # 1
A six page (1900 / 2150 words) paper on one of the following topics. Use our textbooks and the assigned readings as sources. Due on Canvas Saturday, June 18.
Overlapping concepts of disease, its causes, and its treatments among ancient cultures.
Overlapping concepts of the positions, roles, and functions of physicians / healers among ancient cultures.
Concepts and ideas that reflect the beginnings of the development of “Scientific Medicine” in ancient medical practices.
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.)
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.
Full syllabus: BLHS 350 History of Medicine Syllabus 2022.docx Download BLHS 350 History of Medicine Syllabus 2022.docx
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.