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finding out that he had been vilified by the local media for walking around town before the fever developed. 6. Take quiz on lecture and readings (by 11:59pm, September 18). Worth up to 20 points out of 1000 total for the course. 7. Complete short written assignment: (300–400 words) Three medical professionals have recently returned to Colorado Springs from Africa where they treated people with Ebola. One has developed the fever and symptoms of Ebola and is in quarantine in a local hospital. Your aunt is very upset that the other two individuals are still walking around Colorado Springs and that you are volunteering at the hospital where the ill person is being treated. Write a short dialogue between you and your aunt in which you explain to her the medical possibilities of an Ebola outbreak in Colorado Springs and of her contracting the disease. Be sure to include at least 3 questions or statements from her. You may take any viewpoint you wish, as long as you support it with two quotes from this week’s lecture and readings. Be aware of the language and tone you use with your aunt who has a high school education and reads the newspaper (by 11:59pm, September 18). Worth up to 20 points out of 1000 total for the course. Week 5 (September 19–25) The Cultural Context of Medical Treatment and Healing — Wendy Haggren 1. Watch: Voiced over powerpoint lecture on the biology of the immune system (briefly) and how Ebola affects the human body; African community-healer treatments for Ebola; modern medical treatments for Ebola; and what we have learned by not considering the culture of a community undergoing an Ebola outbreak. (40 min) 2. Read: Thompson, Amy E., “The Immune System,” Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA Patient Page, 313(16): 1686, 2015. (1 page) 3. Watch: a short video by the New York Times:   http://www.nytimes.com/video/health/100000003416721/ebolas-patient-zero.html (5 min 38 sec) This is a personal account of the initial Ebola victims by the man who lost his famil. Note how many languages were involved in the making of this video. Relate the response of the village-healers to this first outbreak to what you will read in the Hewlett and Amola (2003) paper. 4. Read: Barry S. Hewlett and Richard P. Amola, “Cultural contexts of Ebola in northern Uganda,” Emerging Infectious Diseases, 9(10):1242-1248, 2003. This article considers lessons on effective treatment by combining appropriate local beliefs with modern medical science 5. Quiz: Complete this short assignment in Medical Science, trace, label and briefly explain, given a human outline with specific body areas indicated, the course by which humans might develop protective antibodies to Ebola and suggest why this doesn’t always happen (by 11:59pm, September 25). Worth up to 10 points out of 1000 total for the course. 6. Complete 2 Written Assignments: 1. Create a new recipe wiki by selecting a recipe from your week 3 wiki and identify which ingredients will help boost immune response and explain your answer. Modify a different recipe by exchanging ingredients for one or more that will boost the immune system; again,

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“Medical Humanities in the Digital Age” at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs  

“Medical Humanities in the Digital Age” at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Fall 2016

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