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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 Lives of Others

The Lives of Others

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(p.167) Chapter Six The Lives of Others
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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.10

Over the course of treatment, physicians become drawn into the lives of others. By looking at the daybooks of mid-century physicians, this chapter illuminates doctors' purposes and self-images, their hostility to black patients, and issues of conflict and co-attendance at rural southern bedsides. Mid-nineteenth-century notes vary considerably from doctor to doctor, but they are all valuable for the way they reveal physicians' continuing commitment to medicine and how orthodoxy retained its continuity in the rural domestic scene.

Keywords:   treatment, physicians, daybooks, mid-century physicians, bedsides, co-attendance, medicine, orthodoxy

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