: Why was Medieval Europe relatively more permissive of women as health care providers than it was in Antiquity or the Early Modern period?
They will give you some sense of questions that historians typically ask about the history of medicine You might also look within a particular era that interests you (say, the Medieval period or the Enlightenment). Feel free to think slightly outside of the normal bounds of “physic,” to things like pharmacology, veterinary medicine, surgery, or other medical topics. Here are a handful of example topics/questions: “What has the example of tobacco taught us about the relationship between medical opinion, industry, and the law?” “What role did physicians play in the enactment and repeal of Prohibition?” “Why was Medieval Europe relatively more permissive of women as health care providers than it was in Antiquity or the Early Modern period?” “How did the interactions of Chinese and Western medicine differ in the following two contexts: the west coast of the United States and the urban centers of eastern China between the late 19th century and the late 20th?” The thesis should not be all that different from those you’ve used in other courses. Ideally, it will take the form of a historical argument, suggesting that your particular interpretation of the historical facts is correct. The argument should be an answer to the question you posed along with your initial topic proposal (of course, allowing for any changes you may have made to the plan since then). Be ambitious and clear. Try to make the firmest statement you can based on what you have uncovered through your research, and avoid as many vagaries as you can. You should declare your argument somewhere in your introduction and use the remainder of the paper defending it with well selected evidence and thoughtful analysis.
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