DEVELOPMENT OF SCIENTIFIC MEDICINE
This course will explore the history of contemporary scientific medicine, including its sciences (anatomy, physiology, pathology, epidemiology), technologies (diagnostic, surgical, pharmacologic), research methods (clinical trials, biostatistics), and theories and philosophical underpinnings (naturalism, experimentalism, germ theory, the medical model, evidence-based medicine, genetic determinism). Students will come away with an understanding of how the history of medicine illuminates current medical science/practice as well as major topics in the philosophy of medicine and the philosophy of science. Students will read primary historical sources, original research in history of science, and a history of medicine textbook. Classes will consist in a combination of lecture and discussion.