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HIST306 Medical History

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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
Paper code HIST306
Subject History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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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.
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.

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Not offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system