Course Info: NS-0353

CourseNS-0353 Natural Hist Infectious Dis
Long TitleNatural History of Infectious Disease
Note(s) Instructor Permission Required
Textbook information
Meeting InfoCole Science Center 333 on T,TH from 10:30-11:50
FacultyLynn Miller
Cumulative Skill(s)Independent Work
Quantitative Skills
Writing and Research
Additional InfoIn this course students are generally expected to spend at least 6 to 8 hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time.

Did you ever wonder why Jewish grandmothers who make gefilte fish from Norwegian sturgeon so frequently are parasitized by tapeworms? Maybe not, but who gets parasitized, when, and by what is highly significant to understanding the history of humankind. In this seminar we read and thought about the failure of modern (Western) medicine to eliminate most of the tropical diseases of Homo sapiens. We also introduced the workings of Hampshire College. We read R.S. Desowitz's Federal Bodysnatchers and the New Guinea Virus (2002) and P.J. Hotez's Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases, 2ed (2013), and other articles from the medical and scientific literature. Each student wrote three essays and gave one seminar on the public health, medical, social aspects of one of these parasitic diseases (malaria, schistosomiasis, trypanosomiasis, kala-azar, Guinea worm, etc.) focusing on the disease in one particular tropical or subtropical country. Students worked in small groups on one parasite. All students were expected to participate in the seminar, to write three essays from the original literature, and to lead one seminar. During the seminar, we spent time thinking and working on the skills needed for successful college-level work: reading, study habits, seminar skills, and writing. Collaborative work was expected throughout.