Medical School Selective Courses

Selective courses consists of five or six weekly two-hour sessions commencing with student-led discussions of assigned articles followed by examination and discussion of archival materials. Prior to the beginning of the course, reading assignments are provided on the student on-line portal.  After the final session, students have several days to compose short essays summarizing all of the materials.

“Introduction to the History of Medicine”
(M04 577H)

Fall 2015

SYLLABUS, READINGS, STUDENT SUMMARIES

Week I:  Ancient Medicine:  Hippocrates and Galen
Week II:  The Beginnings of Modern Medicine:  Andreas Vesalius and William Harvey
Week III:  Great Developments in Internal Medicine:  Rene Laennec and Ignac Semmelweis
Week IV:  The Rise of Pathology:  Giovanni Morgagni and Rudolf Virchow
Week V:  The Development of Modern Surgery:  The Discovery of General Anesthesia and Joseph Lister
Week VI:  Medical Science in America:  William S. Halsted, Helen Taussig and Alfred Blalock

 

“Major Epidemics in the History of Medicine”
(M04 579H)

Winter 2016

SYLLABUS, READINGS, STUDENT SUMMARIES

Week I:  The Black Death:  Bubonic Plague
Week II:  Smallpox and Vaccination
Week III:  Insect-Carried Diseases:  Malaria and Yellow Fever
Week IV:  Tuberculosis and Syphilis
Week V:  Modern Epidemics:  Influenza and AIDS

 

“Medical Discovery and Progress from War”
(M04 590H)

Spring 2016

SYLLABUS, READINGS, STUDENT SUMMARIES

Week I:  The Early Frontier, 1800-1850:  William Beaumont, the First American Medical Researcher
Week II:  Scurvy, the Discovery of Vitamins and the Development of Controlled Clinical Trials
Week III:  The Spanish-American War:  Walter Reed and Yellow Fever; The First World War:  Neurosurgery and Neurology of Cerebral Trauma
Week IV:  The Second World War:  Antibiotics and Blood Transfusion
Week V:  From Shell Shock to PTSD:  The History of Psychotraumatology