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Landmarks in Medicine 
Day/Time  Tuesday 12:00-1:20 
Location C-106
Session First 6 weeks 1/31-3/7
Class Limit 25

The course will discuss changes in our understanding of health and disease from Hippocrates to the scientific discoveries of the present day. The course will be accompanied with written materials and film. Members of the class will be encouraged to participate in discussions.

Coordinator  Raymond Partridge 


Ray is a retired physician with a life long interest in the history of medicine




Medical Ethics 
Day/Time Wednesday 9:00-10:30 
LocationMashpee Senior Center
SessionSecond 6 weeks 3/22-4/26
Class Limit25

This course will use case presentations and discussion of alternate choices that arise in medicine and public health. Topics will include ethical issues in catastrophic illness, beginning of life, allocation of scarce resources, human experimentation, and public health emergencies. New cases are selected each term.

Coordinator Marc Silverstein 


Marc is a retired Professor of Medicine and a member of the Ethics Committees of Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles.




Merchants of Doubt 
Day/Time Tuesday 12:00-1:20 
SessionSecond 6 weeks 3/21-4/25
Class Limit25

This discussion class will be based on the book Merchants of Doubt. We will consider how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on tobacco smoke to global warming and who decides what science is.

Coordinator Barbara Leedom 


Barbara has forgotten how many courses she's coordinated all discussion courses -- no lecture, no video, just provocative Q&A.




Mind and Matter 
Day/Time  Wednesday 10:30-11:50 
Location C-115
Session Second 6 weeks 3/22-4/26
Class Limit 25

The relationship of mind to matter has puzzled philosophers and scientists for centuries. That matter affects mind – e.g. the influence of exercise and nutrition on mental acuity – is well known, but effects of mind on matter – seen in quantum physics and in the placebo effect, for example – are not well understood. This course explores these matters along with various theories of mind. Lectures, discussion, and brief readings.

Coordinator  Sydney Lamb 


Before retiring Syd Lamb was a professor of linguistics and cognitive science at Rice University. He is the author of Pathways of the Brain (1999) and Language and Reality (2004). At A.L.L. he has taught courses in Mind and Belief. Mind and Matter, Mind and Music, and the Evolution of Brain and Language.




Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and its Relevance Today 
Day/Time  Tuesday 10:30-11:50 
Location C-115
Session First 6 weeks 1/31-3/7
Class Limit 25

Silent Spring (called "the Classic that Launched the Environmental Movement") is regarded as one of of the "landmark" books of the twentieth century. This class will read and discuss the book chapter by chapter and see relevant video material. We will also discuss the history of the book's reception when it was published in 1962 and contemporary writers' thoughts on the book and how it relates to debates in our world.

Coordinator  Anne Southworth 


Anne's graduate work and career as an English teacher have led to an interest in books and their impact on culture. Living on Cape Cod has increased her love of the natural world.




Water: A Resource In Transition 
Day/Time Thursday 10:45-12:15 
LocationMashpee Senior Center
Session12 weeks 2/2-4/27
Class Limit25

We will discuss the current status of water around the world in the first six weeks. In the second six weeks, we will discuss how to rectify these problems.

Coordinator Stew Goodwin 


After 35 years in the investment business and retiring to the Cape, Stew has taught a variety of courses at A.L.L. for the past decade.