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Syllabus_Magic_Bullets-1 - MAGIC BULLETS AND WONDER PILLS...

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M AGIC B ULLETS AND W ONDER P ILLS : M AKING DRUGS AND DISEASES IN THE 20 TH C ENTURY S PRING 2008, MW 11:35-12:25, WLH 201 HSHM 210 670 / HIST 190 918 B RUNO J. S TRASSER The Washington Post , Feb. 10, 1948
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M AGIC B ULLETS AND W ONDER P ILLS : M AKING DRUGS AND DISEASES IN THE 20 TH C ENTURY S PRING 2008, MW 11:35-12:25, WLH 201 HSHM 210 670 / HIST 190 918 B RUNO J. S TRASSER Office Hours : Wednesday 1-2 p.m. L230, Medical Historical Library, Yale Medical School, 333 Cedar St. [email protected], (203) 785-2840 Description: This course explores the history of pharmaceutical drugs from the late 19 th century to the present. It covers the biographies of selected drugs (e.g. vaccines, vitamins, antibiotics, and steroids), the rise of the pharmaceutical industry, the modes of drug innovation, and broader social, political and cultural issues. It will show how the development of drugs reflects changes in the relationships between academia, industry and the state; the laboratory, the clinic and the market; the physician, the patient, and the consumer. Assignments: Written work for the course consists of a drug advertisement analysis, a book review, a drug biography source packet, and a final exam. The drug advertisement analysis will consist in finding three advertisements for a class of drugs published before 1970, and analyzing their historical context (1 p.). The mid-term paper will consist in writing a book review of a recent book on the history of drugs or the pharmaceutical industry (3-5 p.). The drug biography source packet will consist in finding five different sources (advertisement, popular piece, scientific paper, business report, regulatory document) about a drug and writing a one paragraph analysis about each (2-3 p.). The final written examination will cover all the readings and material discussed during lectures. The final grade will be calculated as follows: Participation in class and section discussion 10% Drug advertisement analysis, due February 11 10% Book review, due February 25 20% Drug biography source packet, due March 31 20% Final examination, May 8 40% Undergraduates will meet in a regular 50-minute discussion section once a week, under the leadership of a teaching assistant. The sections will be scheduled at the beginning of class.
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