Courses of Study 2013-2014 
    
    Oct 16, 2021  
Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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STS 4311 - From Surgery to Simulation

(crosslisted)
(also ANTHR 4311 , BSOC 4311 ) (SBA-AS)
Fall. 4 credits.

R. Prentice.

A cliche among medical professionals says, “If you have a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.” In other words, treatment decisions often are dictated by available technologies. This course looks at medical technologies from dissection to X-rays to antidepressants and the ways they shape how medical professionals look at and practice upon the human body. Takes a broad view of technology, encompassing systems of practice that shape how work is conducted and the body is understood, as well as specific machines and treatments with specific uses. Considers how these technologies often are not only treatments for individual patients but also metaphors for larger cultural questions.



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