Term: January 2022 - January Term - online (12/28/2021 - 01/21/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
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TO VAX OR NOT TO VAX: Vaccines in History
HIST 498 sec. 2ON
Humans have long used various methods to induce immunity against disease. For just as long they have hotly debated whether it’s a good idea, whether it's unnatural or a sin, whether it harms the body, or whether it impinges on individual rights. What we now call vaccination is one of the most effective medical interventions for reducing the morbidity and mortality of some of the most terrifying infectious diseases and yet, even now, it remains controversial. To inform and deepen our current understanding of the Covid-19 pandemic, this course examines key episodes in the history of vaccines with a special focus on the social and cultural contexts that generated such heated debates about the process.