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ANTH 552 01 (22432)  
Epistemologies of Health, Medicine, and Science
P. Sean Brotherton
T 9.25-11.15 HLH51 101
Spring 2014 
 
This seminar reviews theoretical positions and debates in the burgeoning fields of medical anthropology and science and technology studies (STS). We begin by reading Georges Canguilhem's The Normal and the Pathological to explore how "disease" and "health" in the early nineteenth century became inseparable from political, economic, and technological imperatives. By highlighting the epistemological foundations of modern biology and medicine, the remainder of the seminar focuses on major perspectives in, and responses to, critical studies of health and medicine, subjectivity and the body, psychiatric anthropology, global health, and humanitarianism and medicine.