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AMST1601 Health and Healing in American History

Surveys history of American medicine in its social and political contexts, including changing understandings of disease, treatment practice, and medical institutions. Explores how gender and race have informed ways of making sense out of pain and disease


Beginning Your Search

You can use BruKnow to query the Library's catalog and subscription databases at the same time by selecting to search "Everything."  If you wish, you can use Boolean search terms (AND, OR, NOT) to focus your search  but be sure to capitalize them.

A keyword search will turn up two results screens. On the left side are books, ebooks, and archival material, and on the right side are a variety of subscription holdings, including journal articles. To focus your search, click on the Filter button on either side and choose how you'd like to narrow down your list of results or click on one of the suggested subject headings that appear at the top of the page.

It is important to note that the Library Search Box will NOT return articles that are unavailable online at Brown, so if you wish to do a comprehensive search, you should also check the subject databases or indexes.

Are you new to humanities research? Take a look at our Humanities Research Guide, which will help you through the process of beginning your search to writing the paper.


One way to find material using library catalogs is to do a "subject" search.  This search looks for terminology found in the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) assigned by cataloguing staff to each book as subject identifiers for the volume.  But you do not need to do a "subject" search to reap the benefits of LCSH terms --  the terms are cross-linked, so that you can follow the subject heading links from one book to find other works on the same subject.  Below are a few examples of subject searches pertinent to this course:

Women physicians

Women -- Health and hygiene -- sociological aspects

Women's health services -- United States

Health and race -- United States