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HIST 4957/5957-001 Playing Doctor: Medicine and Health in Film Dr. Meyer Pre-Summer Session 12:30 - 4:30 pm MTWR.

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HIST 4957/5957-001 Playing Doctor: Medicine and Health in FilmDr. MeyerPre-Summer Session12:30 - 4:30 pm MTWR

In this course, we will examine how different aspects of health, illness, patients, and medical practitioners have been portrayed in film. Our aim is to explore what we can learn about how different societies in different time periods have viewed disease and the medical field. And how can we use film as documents, both primary and secondary, to understand medicine and society more broadly in the past. This requires awareness of the historical context of the films themselves. We will ask what different definitions of “disease” or public health have existed and been used in film. How have some aspects of the medical profession or certain illnesses been portrayed and why? How has film been used as a tool of rhetoric and how has film influenced our understandings of medicine and even our own bodies. In order to facilitate our discussions of the films viewed in class, there will be short outside readings assigned and several short writing assignments.