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Spring 2020
Jul 01, 2022
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IDST 132 - MedHum: Medical Nonfiction
Course description: How is health reported? What non-fiction forms does medical writing take? How can health communication be unpacked and examined? Although medically-related issues are explored from a variety of perspectives—patients, family members of those who are ill, the public—this course will focus exclusively on non-fiction narratives and medical journalism. Taught by instructors with broad experience publishing in both academic and mass media outlets, the course will explore various narrative forms, such as print (long form essay, memoir), internet, and audiovisual media in order to better understand health reporting, physician and patient experiential writing, public health and policy topics, and illuminate the many ways in which medicine interfaces with society. Selected Readings & Media: Selected essays: ♣ Atul Gawande, Jerome Groopman, Danielle Ofri, Abraham Verghese, William Carlos Williams, Oliver Sacks Excerpts from: ♣ Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air ♣ Chris Adrian The Children’s Hospital TED Talks: ♣ Abraham Verghese Atul Gawande
1.000 Credit hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Interdisciplinary Studies Department

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