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

Steven M. Stowe


Offering a new perspective on medical progress in the nineteenth century, this book provides an in-depth study of the mid-century culture of everyday medicine in the South. Reading deeply in the personal letters, daybooks, diaries, bedside notes, and published writings of doctors, the author 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, he argu ... More

Keywords: medical progress, medicine, regional culture, race, slavery, climate, medical education, caregiving, moral values

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780807828854
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807876268_stowe


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven M. Stowe, author