20th history of medicine. 20th history of medicine. Part 1: Due on Tuesday of Ninth Week.
Please bring into lecture a primary source of your own choosing about medical developments in your lifetime, accompanied by a paragraph describing its significance. The primary source might be a newspaper article, a scientific journal article, or an excerpt from a book. The only constraint is that you should be able to print it out for us, so it cannot, for example, be a video or sound artefact. Please print out the first page only if it is longer than three pages. When choosing the piece, you might want to ask yourself what you consider to be the most important change in medicine since the 1990s. What aspect of medicine has personally affected, impressed, or disturbed you? Have you been involved in medical research, or have you shadowed a surgeon doing something amazing? Are you drawn to issues about economics and medicine? Or is global health your real passion? If you can follow your own interests, and find something that is meaningful to you, the final essay should be a more engaging task.
This will be graded P/NP. You have to do the assignment in order to pass the class.
Part 2: Due on Wednesday of Finals Week.
The primary source you have turned in will comprise the final chapter of an essay about the history of medicine in the long twentieth century (by ‘long twentieth century’ I mean beginning in the 1890s and ending now). The history that I have told in the second half of this class focuses on issues of medical power and responsibility. From the industrial roots of the pharmaceutical industry, through imperialism, medicalization, war, human experimentation, and the AIDS epidemic, twentieth century medicine has grappled with some of the most difficult political and ethical issues of the turbulent century just passed. Please write an essay summarizing the main events of twentieth-century medicine, using the same triad of textbook, lecture notes and primary sources you used in the midterm. You must refer to at least three of the primary sources from this half of the class, plus the one that you have chosen for the last section of the essay. You may use outside sources, but they should be scholarly works or primary sources, not just semi-popular historical stuff on websites. If you wish to do an essay that focuses on a different set of issues than the ones I have covered, you must include a bibliography of three additional primary sources with your paragraph for a total of four sources. Format, title and organization of the essay are up to you, but it should be 8-12 pages long, double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins. As in the midterm, use whatever standard citation method you are comfortable with, but if in doubt, please refer to the pdf on TED outlining MLA format.
This assignment will be worth the remaining 60% of your grade.
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