Themes in History of Medicine

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S Bartchy See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 1.5 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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The class in general consists of just discussion section, a paper, midterm and final. Thats all you really need to worry about. But the readings can be a bit tedious and boring. its about 50 pgs a week and sometimes it goes up to about 100. I learned everything in discussion. If I hadnt had a good TA I would not have found the class as easy as I did. Bartchy is a horrible lecturer. I didnt pay attention after week 1. Its hard to understand him and he spends 20 min going over random tangents before he even gets to the core material and it doesnt make much sense to begin with. Some people will find his lectures offensive. He has a very strong opinion and unless you see it his way, your wrong. He will call you out on anything small detail that is wrong. Eventually, I started doing my readings in lecture because otherwise it was a waste of my time to go. Overall, it was an easy class but again ONLY because my TA went over things very thoroughly and sent out emails with whatever information we should know. the midterm and final are easy enough because we are given the prompts ahead of time. If you write an outline about each prompt you should be fine. Im a south campus major and this class was the least of my problems. I dedicated the least amount of time to it and I was fine. Some people find it hard though and hated the workload. Based on lecture, I would not take this class. You will not get anything out of it. Discussion was the only thing worth going to and was beneficial. Its all up to chance though. If your TA sucks, God help you.

March 19, 2011
Robert Frank See Full Profile

Overall 4.1 Easiness 2.1 Workload 2.1 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness 4.0

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This is a semi-objective view of the class.
Do not take this class if you want an “easy” or “breather” class. It is a lot of work.

6-8 hours of reading a week
1 Midterm
1 Final
2 Summaries
1 7-8 page essay

Midterm breakdown:
-5 identifications (write 3 important historical facts about a certain event, person, object etc...)
-2 short answers (recommended 1 full page in length)
-1 short essay (recommended 3-5 pages in length)

Final breakdown:
-10 identifications (same as midterm)
-2 short answers
-2 essays (one short, same as midterm, one long, 6+ pages recommended in length.)

Professor Frank is passionate about the subject, clear, and wise. He is a helpful professor in office hours. Discussion is interesting and allows students to get into the “meat” of the course and see the “bigger picture” of larger implications in medicine.

Biases I had:
I hated this course. Honestly. The sheer amount of reading was outrageous and a lot of the times, useless. One reading detailed 14 cases of people with diseases and they all ended up dying. What was the point of that? What did we learn? Nothing really.

I also loved this course. It shows how medicine isn’t objective. It takes into account poverty, war, industrialism, and a multitude of other benefactors and sees just how much medicine effects society in different facets. It’s so largely a class that shows the grand scheme of things you can’t help but find a new perspective of what medicine really is.

I wouldn’t take this class again because I was a naive freshman and thought that a class about medicine would be happy and fun but that’s just not the case. Medicine is all sorts of corrupt and demented but also necessary and at times, jubilant. The class itself is objectively just an immense amount of work. But it did teach me a lot and to that end, I can’t say it was horrible.

Winter Quarter 2018
Robert Frank Jr. See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.0

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As a GE, HIST 3D is far too tough to be worth the effort. Given that I eked out A minuses on both the final papers and midterms, I was very surprised to learn my final grade was only a B+, despite putting in far more effort and writing, in my opinion, much better essays in the final exam. This means that I either got shafted by my TA somehow for participation or I'm just plain stupid. Regardless, I can't recommend this class in good faith. The reading is heavy for a GE, and it seems like the returns you get aren't worth the effort.

Winter Quarter 2018
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