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Native American Health in Historical Perspective

How do historians address Native American health? How have ideas about Native American health and illness reflected broader attitudes and values in American life? This lecture class provides an historical overview of topics in Native American health and healthcare during the 19th-21st centuries. The course is premised on the idea that health is a social and political condition as much as a scientific and medical one. It seeks to understand developments in the history of Native American health, healthcare, and policy in the context of concomitant social and political changes and against a backdrop of settler colonialism.

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