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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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Doctoring the South

Steven M. Stowe

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the ideals and identities of young physicians as they left medical school and began practice. It presents narratives of their transition from school to practice, focusing on their ability to persevere in the struggles they face in the community. It describes novice practitioners' anxieties about class, rural isolation, first patients, first failures, and conflicts with established doctors in the community. The chapter argues that many new practitioners were unwilling to let go of their schooled habits despite the risks of being isolated from others by their exotic knowledge.

Keywords:   physicians, medical school, practice, novice practitioners, rural isolation

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