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Medicine, Disease and Empire

History 5885 - Fall 2019

This course examines the history of medicine in connection to the politics of colonialism and empire-building, spanning the sixteenth century through the twentieth century. Topics covered include: epidemic disease outbreaks (e.g. smallpox, cholera, malaria); the role of science and medicine in endorsing the "civilizing missions" of empires; tropical climates and tropical diseases as western constructs; tensions between western medicine and indigenous healing practices and beliefs; ideas of race and racism in science and medicine; modern advancements in sanitation and public health and their implementation overseas; and the historical roots of the modern global health movement.
Course Attributes: EN HBU HumBU ISAS HUMAS LCDFA HUMAR HUM

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Medicine, Disease and Empire
INSTRUCTOR: Ramos
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