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Title: DISEASE AND HEALTH: CULTURE, SOCIETY AND ETHICS
Description: This course looks at medicine from a cross-cultural perspective, focusing on the human, as opposed to biological, side of things. Students examine the role of society and culture in sickness and healing, learning how to analyze and contextualize various kinds of medical practice. Particular emphasis is placed on Western (bio-) medicine; students examine the foundational premises of biomedicine and its understanding of disease, health, body, and mind. Students learn about medical institutions (e.g., hospitals, medical schools) and how they articulate with other institutions, national (e.g., pharmaceutical and insurance companies, Congress), and international (e.g., World Health Organization). Other topics include notions about symbolic healing (and harming), shamanism, organ harvesting, and new reproductive technologies.
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Name: Jean Jackson
Online Course: No
Affiliation: M.I.T.
Field: Applied,Cultural
Material Type: Syllabus
Course Level: Intermediate
Student Type: Undergraduate
Class Size: Up to 20
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