MA750. Medical Ethics and Professionalism (HMS)
As of 2015-2016, this required course for Year 1 medical students is incorporated with the Essentials of the Profession course, described under Global Health and Social Medicine courses.
ER33. Medical History and Ethics (FAS)
FAS General Education course.
Disease and medicine have generated ethical dilemmas that have challenged patients and doctors for centuries, from abortion and euthanasia to informed consent and compulsory treatment. Although moral philosophy can clarify the relevant issues, resolution often depends on the details of the specific clinical and social contexts. Taking a historical approach to medical ethics, this class explores how the moral discourse in health care has changed over time in order to understand how social factors influence the persuasiveness of moral arguments. The focus will be on medical practice in the United States in the twentieth century.