Doctoring the South: Southern Physicians and Everyday Medicine in the Mid-Nineteenth Century (Studies in Social Medicine)

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Offering a new perspective on medical progress in the nineteenth century, Steven M. Stowe provides an in-depth study of the midcentury culture of everyday medicine in the South. Reading deeply in the personal letters, daybooks, diaries, bedside notes, and published writings of doctors, Stowe illuminates an entire world of sickness and remedy, suffering and hope, and the deep ties between medicine and regional culture.

In a distinct American region where climate, race and slavery, and assumptions about "southernness" profoundly shaped illness and healing in the lives of ordinary people, Stowe argues that southern doctors inhabited a world of skills, medicines, and ideas about sickness that allowed them to play moral, as well as practical, roles in their communities. Looking closely at medical education, bedside encounters, and medicine's larger social aims, he describes a "country orthodoxy" of local, social medical practice that highly valued the "art" of medicine. While not modern in the sense of laboratory science a century later, this country orthodoxy was in its own way modern, Stowe argues, providing a style of caregiving deeply rooted in individual experience, moral values, and a consciousness of place and time.

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"A richly evocative reconstruction of medicine and medical practice. Stowe contrasts a traditional, community-oriented reality with the more conventional narrative of elite-oriented progress. An important contribution to American cultural history."--Charles E. Rosenberg, Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University

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Stowe examines the role of the white country doctor in the mid-nineteenth-century South and explores what their training, their practice, and their writings tells us about community and culture in the rural antebellum South.

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