An examination of aspects of Western medicine in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Medical History concentrates on the period 1800 to 2000, examining the rise of 'scientific' medicine in the 19th century and the implications of this for the interactions between doctors and their patients. The paper concentrates on Western medicine and analyses a number of themes, including the rise of the profession, the persistence of disease and the ways in which urbanisation created new problems on a large scale. Students are required to do a primary source assignment using the local hospital casebooks.
|Paper title||Medical History|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2019|
|Domestic Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for 2019 have not yet been set|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- 18 200-level HIST, ARTH or ARTV points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of History, Art History & Visual Culture's website
- Teaching staff
- Professor Barbara Brookes
- Course materials will be made available electronically.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Cultural understanding, Research.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students will:
- Gain an in-depth knowledge of the way in which medical knowledge developed in the 19th and early 20th centuries
- Develop a critical appreciation of the historiographical debates about the interaction between medicine and society, along with an understanding of the ethical dilemmas consequent on the rise of scientific medicine.