HST 336 Medicine and Disease in Pre-Industrial Society (3)

Examines the influence of ancient medical traditions on medieval and early modern medicine, the formation of academic medicine in the Middle Ages, and the development of anatomy and ideas about the body. The predominant theme is the gradual emergence of “modern” medical institutions and structures including the professionalization of medical practice, the rise of hospitals and the nursing profession, and the concern of the state with public health. The influence of medicine on social structures and attitudes will also be explored, especially ideas about class, race, women and disease. This course requires no previous knowledge of medieval or early modern history.

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