Jikei University School of Medicine

English Conversation – 2nd. Semester Elective Course – Autumn 2019

Instructor: Dennis Riches / D. リチェズ   

After the first class, few papers will be given to students. Use the class web page to check on homework assignments and the schedule:

This course will focus on holistic approaches to diagnosing and treating diseases, and it will give students a broader appreciation of the causes of diseases and the context of patients’ lives. We will listen to and read a few short talks about the connections between the mind and the body and the influence of genes and the social and natural (or unnatural) environment in causing disease.

1. Short lecture. Placebos: their use and the implications of the placebo effect

2. Review and discussion of short lecture Placebos

3. Short lecture: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime (Part 1)

4. Short lecture: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime (Part 2)

5. Short lecture: Dr Gabor Maté: Why Capitalism Makes Us Sick

6. Short lecture: Dr Gabor Maté: Why Capitalism Makes Us Sick (test)

The skills we will aim to develop:

1.     Expanding medical and scientific vocabulary

2.     Improving listening and reading comprehension

3.     Summarizing short lectures (speaking and writing)

4.     Discussing the topics encountered in the resources

Evaluation:

60% for preparation and class participation, 40% for tests and assignments.

Level:

Intermediate to high-intermediate

Sources for study materials:

Lecture Ready 3, Chapter 5 Lecture: “The Placebo Effect” (Oxford University Press, 2007). Eleven-minute video lecture. (Students do not have to buy this book).

Interviews with Dr. Gabor Maté, based on his book When the Body Says No (Wiley, 2005) ガボール マテ, 身体が「ノー」と言うとき―抑圧された感情の代価 (日本教文社2005). Students do not need to buy this book, but if they read it they will understand the course contents well.