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MED 116 — The Great Discoveries That Changed Modern Medicine

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Apr 2—Apr 30
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 15
Unit: 1
Tuition: $305
Instructor(s): Keren Ziv
Status: Open
7:00—8:50 pm
Apr 2—Apr 30
5 weeks
Drop By
Apr 15
1 Unit
Keren Ziv
Will you go through surgery without anesthesia? This is a question that most of us will never have to answer. But that wasn’t always the case. In a time of great medical discoveries like progressive cancer treatments and living organs grown in a dish, anesthesia doesn’t seem terribly remarkable. However, the invention of anesthesia (1846) marked one of the great turning points in the field of medicine and it is now the cornerstone of modern medicine. In an instant, much of the fear and pain associated with surgery disappeared. A combination of history and biology, this course will delve into the breakthroughs that changed modern medicine. Beyond anesthesia, we will look at such milestones as the advent of antibiotics, which made it so that bacteria and infections ceased to be the numberone cause of death, and the discovery of vaccines, which eradicated smallpox and paved the way to preventive medicine and more.

Each session will be dedicated to a single discovery: anesthesia, antibiotics, vaccines, imaging, and the birth control pill. Students will learn about the many obstacles inventors had to overcome on their path to discovery—because great discoveries often engender great conflicts, adding a layer of drama to another otherwise fascinating story.

Keren Ziv, Chief Scientific Officer, CytoMag

Keren Ziv develops medical devices in the field of rare-cell isolation. She is also a consultant to angel investors and startup companies in the medical device industry. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford School of Medicine and conducted research in the field of regenerative medicine and heart diseases in the Stanford Molecular Imaging Program. Her research has been published in Nature Medicine, Cancer Cell, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and other journals. Ziv received a PhD in biology and imaging from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.