For your second major essay, you will build on the material and themes of The Immortal Life of Henriette Lacks by researching the history of a disease or disorder and its treatment in the 20th or 21st century; you will be writing within the framework of medical humanities, so along with the broader history of the disease/disorder, you are going to explore the role of on individual within that history—it could be a particular researcher or scientist; it could also be a specific patient. Possible topics might include the development of the polio vaccine, the influenza epidemic of 1918, treatments for cancer, infertility treatments, AIDS/HIV, autism, ALS, and so on.

Autism/ASD and how Hans Asperger played a role in the history of ASD.