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Doctoring the SouthSouthern Physicians and Everyday Medicine in the Mid-Nineteenth Century$
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Steven M. Stowe

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780807828854

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876268_stowe

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The Science of All Life

The Science of All Life

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(p.41) Chapter Two The Science of All Life
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Doctoring the South
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Steven M. Stowe

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807876268_stowe.6

This chapter examines the culture of mid-century medical education. It focuses on the four contexts of learning—lectures, hospital wards, anatomical dissection, and medical thesis—including the ways in which they helped create continuity in the physician's identity. First, it examines the rhetorical power of lectures and intellectual implications of anecdotes. Next, it describes students' experiences of hands-on medicine in clinics and wards. It then discusses the fascination with anatomy and anatomical dissections and how understanding human anatomy exemplified the flourishing of orthodox medicine. Finally, the chapter discusses the medical thesis, illustrating how the expression of orthodoxy was tied to each student's personal engagement with it.

Keywords:   medical education, learning, lectures, hospital wards, anatomical dissection, medical thesis, physician, clinics, orthodox medicine, orthodoxy

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