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LSU Alexandria offering history of medicine course

Released: 12/23/2007

History of Medicine, a special course developed by Dr. Wayne McGraw through the Roy and Vinita Martin Endowed Professorship in Math and Sciences, will be offered by LSU at Alexandria this spring. It will culminate with a nine-day field trip to London in May.

Registration for the course, which carries three hours of college credit, is Jan. 9-10 at LSUA. The class meets on Thursdays from 5-6:15 p.m. starting Jan. 17.

"The development of medicine from antiquity is a fascinating story," said McGraw, an organic chemist who joined the LSUA faculty in 2005 after teaching at Louisiana College for more than 20 years. "This course will appeal to non-students who have an interest in medicine or science as well as LSUA students with similar interests."

McGraw, who has conducted extensive research on tannins, resins and terpenes with the USDA Forest Service, says London is the ideal location for the course-ending field trip. "The concentration of world-class museums, research stations and historic hospitals in London is unmatched," McGraw said. "We''ll support and expand the classroom portion of the course with this trip."

Students will visit the Science Museum, Museum of Natural History, Hunterian Museum at Royal College of Surgeons, St. Mary''s Hospital and Alexander Flemming (discover of penicillin) Museum, Florence Nightingale Museum, Old Operating Theatre and many other course-appropriate sites.

McGraw, who has visited London often for educational-related activities, estimates the travel portion of the course will cost $2,500.

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