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Profound science and elegant literature : imagining doctors in nineteenth-century America

Author: Stephanie P Browner
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2005.
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"Profound Science and Elegant Literature documents both the extraordinary rise of professional medicine in the United States and the aesthetic imperative to make the body meaningful that led many American writers to resist the medicalized body."--Jacket.
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Browner, Stephanie P.
Profound science and elegant literature.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2005
(OCoLC)648781838
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephanie P Browner
ISBN: 0812238257 9780812238259
OCLC Number: 55845985
Description: 304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: what's a doctor, after all? --
1. Professional medicine, democracy, and the modern body: the discovery of etherization --
2. Reading the body: Hawthorne's tales of medical ambition --
3. Carnival bodies and medical professionalism in Melville's fiction --
4. Class and character: doctors in nineteenth-century periodicals --
5. Gender, medicine, and literature in postbellum fiction --
6. Social surgery: physicians on the color line --
Epilogue: from the clinic to the research laboratory: a case study of three stories.
Responsibility: Stephanie P. Browner.

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By the latter part of the nineteenth century, the physician had supplanted the clergyman as the nation's most esteemed professional, as the body had seemingly replaced the soul as a person's most  Read more...

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