Disease and Society in America

An image listing many human diseases and below, a raccoon.

More than two-thirds of emerging human diseases have animal origins. (Image courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey.)


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Fall 2005



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This course examines the growing importance of medicine in culture, economics and politics. It uses an historical approach to examine the changing patterns of disease, the causes of morbidity and mortality, the evolution of medical theory and practice, the development of hospitals and the medical profession, the rise of the biomedical research industry, and the ethics of health care in America.

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David Jones. STS.005 Disease and Society in America. Fall 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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