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Notes from the Field: Teaching the History of Epidemics in the Midst of the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic (2020)


Teaching the history of epidemics remains a critical mission of our profession, both inside and outside of the classroom. Charles E. Rosenberg's "dramaturgical model" of epidemic response endures as a useful and flexible heuristic. Through guided discussion of the dramaturgical model, students can develop a shared vocabulary and a working theory of epidemic responses through time. Students can apply the model, then revise and refine it for themselves through writing assignments and careful comparisons of epidemics in different times, places, and populations. Special consideration must be given to teaching the history of epidemics during the present SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

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Authors & Contributors
Tobbell, Dominique Avril
Fairman, Julie A.
Soon, Wayne
Lois Hendrickson
Vargha, Dora
Leung, Angela Ki Che
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Medicina Historica
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Sudhoffs Archiv: Zeitschrift fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Mefisto: Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia
Public health
Medicine and society
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Teaching history of medicine
Teaching; pedagogy
Rosenberg, Charles E.
Time Periods
21st century
19th century
20th century, late
20th century
20th century, early
South Asia
Strasbourg (France)
Hong Kong
Reichsuniversität Strassburg
World Health Organization (WHO)
University of Minnesota

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