STS.330 History and Anthropology of Medicine and Biology

Fall 2006

A lab worker examines a blood sample (grayscale photograph.)
The examination of a blood sample in Middlesex Hospital in London. (Image courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive reading list and a complete set of assignments.

Course Description

This course explores recent historical and anthropological approaches to the study of medicine and biology. Topics include histories of bodies and embodiment in medicine; institutional and social genealogies and futures for genes and genomes; the role of science and medicine in racial formation; epidemics and emergent diseases; new reproductive technologies and socialities; the laboratory and field lives of animals, plants, microbes, molecules, and environments.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .mov.

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Prof. Stefan Helmreich
Prof. David Jones

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session