Stanford Mini Med School: Medicine, Health, Science

The second of three online course series from the Stanford School of Medicine and Stanford Continuing Studies. "Medicine, Human Health and the Frontiers of Science" explores how mind and body work, what can go wrong, and what scientists and physicians are learning about healing. Also: a look inside the body with imaging technology.

Course Description


1. How Technology Gives Insight into Human Anatomy and Disease

Geoffrey D. Rubin, M.D., Stanford Professor of Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology, discusses the various radiology technologies, their uses, and the positive changes they are making in medical diagnosis.

2. The Developing Heart in Health and Disease

Daniel Bernstein, Stanford Director of Cardiology, discusses the evolution of technology and cardiology.

3. Vascular Disorders of the Central Nervous System

Michael P. Marks, Stanford Professor of Radiology, and Robert Dodd, Stanford Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery and Radiology, discuss three pathologies: strokes, aneurisms, arteriovenous malformations.

4. Seeing Is Believing

Carla Shatz, professor of biology and neurobiology at the Stanford School of Medicine, discusses the visual processes of the brain, while Mark Blumenkranz, professor of opthalmology at Stanford Medical Center, focuses on developments in ophthalmological treatment.

5. Sounds and Senses: How We Hear and When We Don't

Robert Jackler, Stanford Professor of Otorhinoclaryngology, and Eric Knudsen, Stanford Professor of Neurobiology, explain how the ear works, discuss how new technology is innovating hearing medicine, and explore the principles of functional organization.

6. Breathing, Wheezing and Gasping for Air: Our Respiratory System

Norman Rizk, Stanford Senior Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs in the School of Medicine, discusses the structure and transport system of the lungs before explaining how medicine is advancing to research and cure common lung disease.