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Does an apple a day keep the doctor away? What is fact and fiction when it comes to human health and medicine? We will examine this question and more by using two example human diseases, cancer and the corona virus disease 19 (Covid-19). In today’s world, it has become increasingly difficult to discern what is true, and what is false, about how diseases work and how we effectively prevent or heal them. Together, we will explore the biological, environmental, social, economic, cultural, and other factors that impact individual and community health outcomes
Where to Find Scholarly Sources
The databases featured in this box are particularly useful for this class. You can learn more about databases on the Research Hub.
Recommended Internet Resources
New York Times Online
Use this link if you have already set up or renewed your Southwestern account/pass with NYT.
Smith Library Photo Sources
American Review of Reviews
Current History: New York Times
Ladies' Home Journal
Missionary Review of the World
National Geographic Magazine
Saturday Evening Post
Scientific American Supplement
Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Books at Smith Library Center
Searching For Information in Our Library Catalog
Think about keywords related to medicine or health in general, or a specific issue, to start your search in the library's WorldCat catalog.
When you find a good item, open the Description section of the record to find more publications on the topic using the Subject Headings. Clicking on a Subject Heading will take you to a list of all the other books in the catalog that have been classified under that subject.
Try some of these subject headings in WorldCat or our databases:
alternative medicine | placebo effect | cancer | quacks and quackery | complementary therapies | medicine | epidemiology | public health
You should always search the name of any specific disease or treatment that you are researching.
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