Facial Expression of Pain
from the Relief of Pain and Suffering Exhibit,
Louise M. Darling Library , UCLA
Health, Disease, and Medicine
Course RequirementsRequired Texts:Leavitt and Numbers, Sickness and Health in America (3rd edition)
Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
Thomas, The Youngest Science
Optional: Cassedy, Medicine in America
Books for Group Presentations:Bushnell, The Gifts of Civilization
Brumberg, Fasting Girls
Cherniack, The Hawk's Nest Incident
Rothman, Living in the Shadow of Death
Howell, Technology in the Hospital
Galambos, Networks of Innovation
Rosenberg, The Cholera Years
Proctor, Racial Hygiene
Jones, Bad Blood
Two Essays - each worth 10%Essay #1 due in class February 8
Essay #2 due in class March 19
Essays may be submitted electronically, in either Word or WordPerfect format. Please keep a back-up copy of the file.
One In-Class Quiz, April 12 - 10%
Collaborative Book Presentation - 15%
Contribution to Class Discussion including any homework questions - 10%
Alternative Medicine Project - 30%Webpages
Presentation to Class
Final Paper - 15%
Optional and Extra Credit Assignments, and Class Chatroom
Those of you who would like to read a brief, chronological history of medicine in the United States (not the most exciting reading, but a good, short summary of the isssues) may submit, for a maximum of three points added to your final grade, a short (3 page) essay examining the definitions of health and disease used by James Cassedy in Medicine in America. This essay may be handed in any time before September 19.
Other extra-credit opportunities may develop over the course of the semester; if so they will be announced in class and posted to a class list.
This class will have a permanent chatroom where students can exchange ideas and information related to the class. Access the chatroom for the CHAT Index.
Grading Scale:Total: 100 points
F- - - - -below 60
Policy on Late Assignments:
Late papers will receive a one-letter grade reduction for each late day. Illness, death in the family, or other unanticipated problems will require an official or documented excuse.
If you miss an in-class presentation you will NOT be able to make it up at a later date.