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Bizarre Medicine: Explore Anatomy & Biology Through History -High School Science

Dr. Sharon Tam
Rising Star
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(235)
Strange remedies & deadly cure-alls! Full semester series includes quizzes, games & discussions on disease & health using medical cases. Future doctor or nurse? Great for homeschool curriculum & teens interested in healthcare or nursing.

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Beginner Level
I have over 15 years experience teaching anatomy and physiology, which includes topics (such as wounds, blood, death and drug use) that are sensitive to some learners.  At the beginning of class, all learners are made aware that I am open to questions and that the chat is always set to private for any questions or comments.  This course is primarily an anatomy class.  Sensitive topics such as cannibalism and body modification will be approached from an anatomy-physiology-factual standpoint.

My experience in teaching started when I was in high school as a math and ESL tutor.  I majored in life sciences at Queenโ€™s University in Ontario with a minor in psychology.   I moved to North Carolina and practiced for 5 years as a chiropractor and acupuncturist before starting a family and embarking on a second career as a university instructor.  I have been teaching anatomy & physiology and medical terminology for over 15 years.
Homework Offered
An optional study guide can be downloaded or printed out before class to help the learner follow along in lecture. Study guides can be completed during class time.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
A grade report can be provided upon request. Updated reports will be issued upon submission of completed study guides.
An optional study guide can be downloaded or printed out before class to help the learner follow along in lecture.  Study guides are to be completed individually.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Images and discussion around surgeries, wounds and/or blood can be graphic in nature.  The topics of cannibalism, death, smoking, body modifications, drug use and excrement may be disturbing to some learners. 

Nearpod.com will be used in every class.  This third party tool is approved.  No additional account is required.  A link will be provided at the beginning of class.
Source of topics are from the podcast "A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine": https://maximumfun.org/podcasts/sawbones/ 
Online sources for historical facts include but are not limited to:
Smithsonian Magazine https://www.smithsonianmag.com/  
History Channel https://www.history.com/.

Reference book sources: 
HOLEโ€™S HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY Sixteenth Edition Charles J. Welsh
Poison: Deadly Deeds Perilous Professions and Murderous Medicines by Sarah Albee
Patient Zero: Solving the Mysteries of Deadly Epidemics by Marilee Peters
Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything by Lydia Kang and Nate Pederson
Rising Star
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(235)
I grew up in Canada and moved to the US, where my 2 children were born.  I have a daughter in middle school and a son in high school.  As a family, we spend a lot of time travelling between the 2 countries.  We also like to go on nature hikes,...ย 
Group Class


1x per week
45 min

Completed by 152 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 14-18
1-8 learners per class

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