21W.746 Humanistic Perspectives on Medicine: From Ancient Greece to Modern America

Spring 2005

Examination of an applicant for working papers, 1913.
Board of Health examination of applicant for working papers to see that he is physically able to work, 1913. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [reproduction number, LC-USZ62-62799 (b&w film copy negative)].)

Course Highlights

This course features extensive assignment instructions and examples of student work on the assignments page.

Course Description

This course is designed to explore the human side of medicine: the nature of the physician's identity and obligations; the history and philosophy of the Western medical tradition; the experience of being ill and being a patient; and the challenges of medical ethics. The writing in this class is therefore conceived as an instrument of exploration, and is an integral part of the class's activities.
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Prof. Anthony Lioi

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session