History Department Online Courses

HST 425-American & European Health Care since 1800

Taught by: Dr. John Waller

– This course traces the changes in medical theory and practice that have transformed health care over the past four centuries. It charts the decline in magical beliefs, the growth in scientific rationalism, the emergence of hospital medicine, the advent of the germ theory of disease, the rise of laboratory diagnostics and the establishment of a medical profession. It also examines the relationship between orthodox and complementary medicine, the roots of managed care, and the health of modern Americans.