The Biology of Death and Immortality: Experimental Biology and Experimental Medicine: 1860-1940
This research seminar is focused on the interactions between experimental medicine and experimental biology in Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Russia, and the United States during the period 1860-1940. Through the reading of primary and secondary sources (including science fiction), it will explore the interplay of ideas, institutions, and practices of experimental biology and experimental medicine with contemporary political, ideological, cultural, and social developments. It will analyze the emergence of such experimental techniques as organ and tissue transplants, reanimation, the perfusion of isolated organs, tissue cultures, blood transfusions, and organotherapies. The seminar will examine how diverse biomedical fields, including pharmacology, endocrinology, histology, gerontology, human genetics, hematology, and immunology, were animated by the discussions of death and immortality.
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