Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A04. Medical Mysteries and Diagnosis

Four men, all golfers, fight for their lives in the hospital on artificial ventilation and hemodialysis. A woman becomes paralyzed each time she is pregnant. Eighty students and 19 teachers, all from the same school, were seen in the emergency room on a single day reporting severe headaches, fainting spells, and shortness of breath. In this course, we will explore these and other true medical mysteries. We will uncover the art of diagnosis and examine the epidemiological steps of disease outbreak investigations. Each student will be charged with conducting background research on a medical mystery or an epidemic, writing a paper, and presenting their findings to the class.

Hilary Magruder GaudetHilary Magruder Gaudet
Assistant Professor of Chemistry