History | Medicine and War
W300 | 26198 | Carmichael

A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates only

A lecture and discussion course focusing on medical aspects of war,
from the early modern centuries to the present. Our readings will
focus on issues that engage healers and humanitarians: the
experiences of prisoners of war, physical wounds and the repair of
bodily injuries, the psychological and psychiatric aspects of
soldiers’ experiences, the interests of physicians and surgeons in
their participation in warfare, and the creation and involvement of
international humanitarian organizations, such as the International
Red Cross. Each student will also select a particular topic for a 5
to 8 page research paper linked to a war (or to a medical problem
created by wars) during the time period between 1850 and 1920.
Otherwise we will have 2 tests and a final examination.