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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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(p.131) Chapter Five Bedside
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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.9

This chapter focuses on how orthodox practitioners initiate care at community bedsides, shedding light on the distinctive way they employ diagnostic and therapeutic means. It discusses the reasons for summoning physicians, the extent to which physicians prescribe medicines, and the situations in which physicians are faced with the need to improvise or borrow therapies and experiment with them. The chapter also analyzes how the diagnostic and therapeutic efforts employed by orthodox practitioners shaped the medical and social meaning of local practice.

Keywords:   orthodox practitioners, care, bedsides, medicines, therapies, local practice

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