Doctoring the South: Southern Physicians and Everyday Medicine in the Mid-Nineteenth Century / Edition 1

Doctoring the South: Southern Physicians and Everyday Medicine in the Mid-Nineteenth Century / Edition 1

by Steven M. Stowe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807828858

ISBN-13: 9780807828854

Pub. Date: 10/18/2004

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Offering a new perspective on medical progress in the nineteenth century, Steven M. Stowe provides an in-depth study of the midcentury culture of everyday medicine in the South. Reading deeply in the personal letters, daybooks, diaries, bedside notes, and published writings of doctors, Stowe illuminates an entire world of sickness and remedy, suffering and hope,

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Offering a new perspective on medical progress in the nineteenth century, Steven M. Stowe provides an in-depth study of the midcentury culture of everyday medicine in the South. Reading deeply in the personal letters, daybooks, diaries, bedside notes, and published writings of doctors, Stowe illuminates an entire world of sickness and remedy, suffering and hope, and the deep ties between medicine and regional culture.

In a distinct American region where climate, race and slavery, and assumptions about "southernness" profoundly shaped illness and healing in the lives of ordinary people, Stowe argues that southern doctors inhabited a world of skills, medicines, and ideas about sickness that allowed them to play moral, as well as practical, roles in their communities. Looking closely at medical education, bedside encounters, and medicine's larger social aims, he describes a "country orthodoxy" of local, social medical practice that highly valued the "art" of medicine. While not modern in the sense of laboratory science a century later, this country orthodoxy was in its own way modern, Stowe argues, providing a style of caregiving deeply rooted in individual experience, moral values, and a consciousness of place and time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807828854
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
10/18/2004
Series:
Studies in Social Medicine Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : physicians, everyday medicine, and the country orthodox style1
1Men, schools, and careers15
2The science of all life41
3Starting out76
4Livelihood101
5Bedside131
6The lives of others167
7Landscape, race, and faith200
8Witnessing228
Epilogue : the Civil War and the persistence of the country orthodox style259

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