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Vision Science 24, Section 3
Myths, Mysteries and Discoveries in Medicine (1 unit, P/NP)
Dr. Patsy Harvey
Monday 12:00-1:30, 491 Minor Hall, Class number: 42246

This 90-minute seminar will meet for the first nine weeks of the semester, from August 28 through October 23, 2017 (we will not meet on Labor Day, September 4th).

Throughout the centuries, people sought to understand the reasons for diseases, disabilities and death. Intriguing explanations, myths and superstitions were developed in an attempt to describe and prevent their medical maladies. In this course, we will discuss early and current explanations of health problems, with special considerations given to nutrition and various cultures in the US and around the world. We will also discuss recent changes in health care and imagine future roles and discoveries of medicine. Students enrolled in this seminar should be curious about people's beliefs and misconceptions about health and diseases, including our own myths about vision.

Dr. Patsy Harvey received her Doctor of Optometry and Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley. She currently teaches at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, including courses on Systemic Diseases, Geriatrics, and the History of Medicine and Optometry. During her international travels and clinical work, she developed a fascination with health beliefs in other countries and times, and enjoys discussing their beliefs and myths with others.

"It is applicable to your life especially as a college student. All the while it's educational and insightful." - student in spring 2015 seminar

"The class is super fun and Dr. Harvey is like a very smart best friend. She's very informative, understanding, and easy to talk to." - student in spring 2015 seminar

"Professor Harvey is absolutely awesome! She knows so much and presents in a captivating way. She is also very considerate and interactive." - spring 2008 student

"I definitely recommend it. Very interesting, Dr. Harvey is amazing and is really interested in the subject. A lot of freedom to learn and have fun." - fall 2008 student

"It's a fun and interesting class and you learn a lot of cool things. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has even a slight interest in medicine." - fall 2008 student

"This course is a great way to find people with a common interest to learn about odd facts etc. It also is super fun and interesting - Professor Harvey is super fun, amusing and interesting." spring 2009 student

"It's a really insightful class and super fun! Take this class you'll love it." spring 2009 student
Freshman and Sophomore Seminars are co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Division
of the College of Letters & Science and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
For further information about the program,
contact Alix Schwartz (alix@berkeley.edu / 642-8378).

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