HIST 315

Illness and Healing in America

Prerequisite: HIST 103, HIST 135, HIST 221, HIST 228, HIST 234, or HIST 242. This course inquires into the religious, medical, and cultural forces shaping the experiences of illness and healing in America. Key topics include Puritan modes of suffering, medical pluralism in the nineteenth century, the rise and fall of “nervousness” and other diagnoses, the medicalization of behavior once thought immoral, and the popularization of psychology in the twentieth century. The course pays particular attention to historical shifts in the relations between sufferer, community, and healer, and how such shifts affect understandings of health and illness. Offered alternate years. This course may not be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option. III.O

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