History and Philosophy Of Science | Biology, Medicine and Society
X223 | 11765 | Sander Gliboff


This course will examine a selection of historical and recent
advances in the theory and practice of medicine and related fields
of science and ask how and why they were made: What intellectual,
social, political, and financial resources made these advances
possible? How did individual researchers tap into those resources?
How and why did the researchers become convinced of the value of
their new ideas and practices? How and why did they gain acceptance
from wider communities of scientists,practitioners, and the public?
The case studies will be drawn from a wide range of scientific and
medical disciplines—anatomy, physiology, surgery, germ theory,
heredity—and historical contexts from ancient Greece and Rome,
through early modern and 19th-century Europe, to modern America.