Right now I am on my train back to Baltimore, and although I’m so sad to be leaving my family behind in Connecticut, I’m excited to be back with my friends. As soon as I get to Hopkins, though, two and a half weeks of non-stop studying for finals begins. This semester I have a final portfolio of short stories and poems due for Introductory to Fiction and Poetry writing, a physics final, a Nervous Systems I final, and a final for History of Medicine.
Weirdly, I’m most excited for History of Medicine. Since most of my classes in the past have been all problem solving based it’s extremely strange to have to write in-class essays. I found that I really love it. In fact, this semester I decided that I am going to minor in the History of Science and Technology!
This is a department I’d never even heard of before. In high school history was always my favorite class, so I decided that even though I’m a Neuroscience major I wanted to take at least one history class each semester. Last spring I discovered a separate history department: The History of Science and Technology department. Separate from the History Department, classes focus on medicine, discoveries, and technology throughout history.
This semester I am in History of Medicine. This is a survey class taught by Dr. Mary Fissell. We covered the practice of medicine from Ancient Greece to 1750. I learned about the original Hippocratic Corpus, the four humors, and why bloodletting was a practice that lasted for centuries.
I love this class because two days a week Dr. Fissell lectures, but then one day a week the class breaks up into small sections of approximately 10 people to discuss primary sources.
My friend Julia (future roommate!) is also taking a class in the department and absolutely loves it! She is taking an upper level class with Seth LeJacq. The class covers the developments in forensic medicine up until the 21st century. It’s a small 15-person class that also blends lectures with discussion. She is also considering minoring in History of Science and Technology too!
Next semester I will be taking a class called Women, Health, and Medicine in Modern America. This class will focus on Women’s health in the late 19th and 20th century America. I’m very excited to get into upper level classes in the department.