The Therapeutic Perspective: Medical Practice, Knowledge, and Identity in America, 1820-1885

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This new paperback edition makes available John Harley Warner's highly influential, revisionary history of nineteenth-century American medicine. Deftly integrating social and intellectual perspectives, Warner explores a crucial shift in medical history, when physicians no longer took for granted such established therapies as bloodletting, alcohol, and opium and began to question the sources and character of their therapeutic knowledge. He examines what this transformation meant in terms of patient care and ...
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Overview

This new paperback edition makes available John Harley Warner's highly influential, revisionary history of nineteenth-century American medicine. Deftly integrating social and intellectual perspectives, Warner explores a crucial shift in medical history, when physicians no longer took for granted such established therapies as bloodletting, alcohol, and opium and began to question the sources and character of their therapeutic knowledge. He examines what this transformation meant in terms of patient care and assesses the impact of clinical research, educational reform, unorthodox medical movements, newly imported European method, and the products of laboratory science on medical ideology and action. "Combining a prodigiously researched and thoroughly fascinating depiction of actual nineteenth-century therapy with a sophisticated and widely applicable model of scientific change, The Therapeutic Perspective is a superb book, likely to become a classic in the literature of medical history."--Martin S. Pernick, Science"Warner tells his story in powerful and lucid ... prose.... [He] has written an important and radical book."--Steven Shapin, The Times Higher Education Supplement"[The Therapeutic Perspective] is a clearly written and well-organized analytic study that should bring much credit to its author, for he has made far more understandable an important aspect of our history."--Gert H. Brieger, M.D., Journal of the American Medical Association
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Warner defines therapeutics as both ``a cognitive system and a set of social practices,'' and, in exploring the development of medical therapeutics in 19th-century America, he assesses the social and intellectual context. He sets himself the difficult task of assessing what physicians were actually doing to their patients and the efficacy of patient care. He uses the case records for the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Cincinnati Commercial Hospital, and considers how the Paris Clinical School and the empiricism/rationalism debate influenced patient care in America. This is a very thorough, scholarly work, using much primary source material. It belongs in all history of science and medicine collections. Frances Groen, McGill Univ. Medical Lib., Montreal
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Winner of the 1991 William H. Welch Medal, American Association for the History of Medicine

"Combining a prodigiously researched and thoroughly fascinating depiction of actual nineteenth-century therapy with a sophisticated and widely applicable model of scientific change, The Therapeutic Perspective is a superb book, likely to become a classic in the literature of medical history."—Martin S. Pernick, Science

"Warner tells his story in powerful and lucid . . . prose. . . . [He] has written an important and radical book."—Steven Shapin, The Times Higher Education Supplement

"[The Therapeutic Perspective] is a clearly written and well-organized analytic study that should bring much credit to its author, for he has made far more understandable an important aspect of our history."—Gert H. Brieger, M.D., Journal of the American Medical Association

"[Warner] pursues a sophisticated argument with extraordinary diligence, thus producing a carefully crafted book. . . . Judged by its methodology, insights, presentation, and prose, this book ranks as a model of American scholarship."—Dora B. Weiner, Social History of Medicine

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  • ISBN-13: 9780674883307
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1986
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Therapeutics and the Transformation of American Medicine 1
Pt. I Antebellum Medical Therapeutics
1 Intervention and identity 11
2 Epistemology, Social Change, and the Reorganization of Knowledge 37
3 The Principle of Specificity 58
Pt. II The Process of Change
4 Therapeutic Change 83
5 Attitudes toward Change 162
6 Attitudes toward Foreign Knowledge 185
7 The Arbitration of Change 207
Pt. III Therapeutic Reconstruction
8 Physiological Therapeutics and the Dissipation of Therapeutic Gloom 235
9 Cui Bono? 258
Abbreviations 285
Notes 289
A Note on Sources for the History of Therapeutics 345
Index 353
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