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From Plagues to Smallpox: A History of European Diseases and Medicine

In this 12-week courses, we will be looking at European diseases and how their medicine changed from the ancient world to the modern.
Shannon Jones, MA History
39 total reviews for this teacher
New class
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 12 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Wed, Sep 28

Sep 28 – Dec 14 (12 weeks)
7:00 – 7:55 AM
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Class Experience

I have been teaching classes on the history of diseases and historical medicine for four years. My one time classes cover ancient plagues and Medieval, Colonial, and Victorian diseases and medicine.
I have a Master of Arts degree in Early European History.
Additionally, I have worked in emergency medicine for sixteen years.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
This class will have several images of diseases, such as leprosy.
We will be discussing childbirth, miscarriages, and women's health related topics.
Signs and symptoms of diseases, for example vomiting and diarrhea, will be mentioned several times.
Primary sources will include the works of: Thucydides, Hippocrates, Bede, and the Medieval Chronicler Froissart 
Secondary Sources will include:
Mount, Toni, Medieval Medicine: It’s Mysteries and Science 
A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard.
Colonial Medicine, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History 
Diseases and Death in Early America - Tully Area Historical Society
"Diseases in the Revolutionary War - George Washington's Mount Vernon
"Dwale: an anaesthetic from old England," Anthony J. Carter. Department of Anesthetics, British Medical Journal (1999)
"Medicine in Colonial North America." Worlds of Change.
Robinson, Bruce, “Victorian Medicine – From Fluke to Theory (2011)
Crichton-Browne J. “An address on tooth culture (1892)
Dr. William Green Morton, “General anesthesia.”
Cambridge, Nicholas, MD, “From the Slaughter House to Mr. Pickwick: Charles Dickens and Medicine”. Accessed March 22, 2022.
Kruger, Meir, “Charles Dickens: Impact on Medicine and Society,” Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, June 15, 2012.
“History of the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine.” Accessed March 22, 2022.


Shannon Jones, MA History
Lives in the United States
European History Historian
39 total reviews
72 completed classes

About Me

Hello everyone, it is a pleasure to be able to introduce myself to all of you! You can call me Ms. Shannon. I take a passionate, yet relaxed approach to teaching classes. 

I will begin with my educational background: 
I have a Masters in Early... 
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