UNION COUNTY — Dr. Allan Charles will offer two specialized courses on the history of South Carolina and the history of medicine this fall at USC Union.
In a statement released Thursday, Dr. Charles announced that he wil be teaching “South Carolina History, 1670-1865” on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-2:15 p.m. and “The History of Medicine” on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:45 p.m.
The press release states that “there are no prerequisites for these courses, and students over the age of 60 do not have to pay tuition. Classes begin Thursday, August 24.”
Concerning “South Carolina History, 1670-1865,” the press release states that “the history of the colony and state of South Carolina will be taken from the founding of the colony by a government-authorized private company all the way to the War between the States. Dr. Charles says that he teaches history as he understands it actually was. He does not play favorites or identify ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys,’ and so toes may be stepped on.
As for “The History of Medicine,” the press release states that “the course in medical history starts with the early Egyptians, Babylonians, Indians, and Chinese, going down through the foundation of modern medicine by the Greeks under Hippocrates, and proceeding to the scientific approach of the present day in America. Along the way students will learn to speak ‘medicalese’ as they are exposed to the Greek and Latin words which are the foundation of the medical terms we still use. About 10% of patients are mis-diagnosed even today after thousands of years of study, and those people who know the history of medicine can communicate better with their doctors and help them figure out problems and possible cures.”