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A calculus of suffering : pain, professionalism, and anesthesia in nineteenth-century America

Author: Martin S Pernick
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 1985.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin S Pernick
ISBN: 0231051867 9780231051866 0231051875 9780231051873
OCLC Number: 10914467
Description: xiii, 421 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. Anesthesia and medicine in nineteenth-century America --
1. The case of McGonigle's foot: nonanesthetic surgery in postanesthetic America --
2. A house divided: an interpretive overview of nineteenth-century American medicine --
Part II. Why not everyone? The meaning of selective anesthetization --
3. The drawbacks of anesthesia --
4. The benefits of anesthesia --
5. The professional calculus: anesthesia and the origins of utilitarian professionalism --
6. From the universal to the particular: professionalism, anesthesia, and human individuality --
7. "They don't feel it like we do": social politics and the perception of pain --
Part III. Who received anesthetics: theory and practice --
8. Indications and contraindications: rules for using anesthetics --
9. Ideology and action: who actually received anesthetics --
10. Why doctors still differed --
11. Anesthesia and the calculus of suffering: a critical evaluation --
Afterword: Professionalism and change: history and social theory.
Responsibility: Martin S. Pernick.
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