This course will explore the role of technology in the diagnosis of disease from the nineteenth century to today. Each class session will begin with a specific technology as a starting point to examine how social, cultural, political, economic, geographic, and scientific factors have intersected to determine who receives a diagnostic label and the impact of disease diagnosis on patients and society. We will explore such questions as: How have diagnostic technologies been prioritized in relation to physician’s own senses and the patient narrative? How have assumptions about race and gender influenced the design, use, and interpretation of diagnostic technologies?
Faculty: Michelle LaBonte
Semester: Full Fall Term
Time: Thursday, 9:45 - 11:45 am