1) What caused the crisis of psychiatry in the last decades of the 19th century and in the
first decades of the 20th? How did the practice of psychiatry and its assumptions change
from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century? Pay special attention to
2) How were syphilis and other venereal diseases perceived in turn-of-the-twentiethcentury America? How did cultural perceptions and social response to STDs affect public
health policies? How did the management of venereal diseases in the army differ in t
3) What are the main strengths of Steve Epsteins Impure Science? How does Epsteins
sociological approach compare to Bruno Latours? And how does it compare with
Rosenbergs social history approach in Cholera?
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How and when was regular medicine professionalized (i.e. transformed into an occupation
accessible only to people who passed licensing examinations, belonged to professional
associations, and attended acceptable medical schools?) Which factors made the
Discuss at least four medical, social, ethical, and religious objections against the cosmetic
use of Prozac. Make sure to discuss the potential consequences that the introduction of new
psychoactive drugs has on social norms, individual psychological deve
What do you think are the main strengths and weaknesses of Joseph Dumits "Picturing
Personhood"? Make sure to discuss and evaluate specific claims made in the assigned
o Goes through the entire process of PET and talks about each de
What is the immune overload theory? What was the evidence for this theory? What were
it social implications? Did gay activists like it?
o Represented initial medical frame for understanding the epidemic
o Syndrome essentially linked to gay
What was at stake in the dispute between Dr. Gallo and the French researchers (J. L.
Physicians enlisted in Montagniers help to find the retrovirus with Gallos virus in mind
(HTLV) However, Montagnier ended up discovering another virus, LAV,
16) What assumptions about biochemistry and psychology are built into the PET process?
Biochemistry: that the radioactivity is still there (half-life wise) and the tracer is on the right
molecule and exists throughout the entire experiment. The high numbe
14.) According to Duesberg, what was the cause of AIDS?
immune overload theory; gay lifestyle
repeated, constant infections may eventually overload the immune system, causing its
failure (originally proposed Sonnabend) 134
heavy drug use causing immunosup