2011-01-13 Intro and Hippocrates

2011-01-13 Intro and Hippocrates - History 451 History of...

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History 451 History of Medicine in America Prof. November 1-13-2011
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Why Medicine Matters to History Everybody is affected by his/her health and the health of others Many significant historical events have been shaped by disease and attempts to overcome it Yet, healing gets very little attention compared to politics, economics, wars – all of which have been profoundly shaped by medicine.
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Why History Matters to Medicine Professional Medicine is an enormous part of our society A major (and rapidly growing) component of the economy How did it get to be that way? It wasn’t always so important or prestigious Medicine (and the sciences on which much medicine is based) was and is still shaped by social forces Healthcare reform debate (#1 issue in politics today)
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American Medicine in Context This course is mostly about the practice of medicine in the USA It’s a way to access the transformation of medicine over the past three centuries American history does not exist an a vacuum We need to place it in context to best understand it
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