This new paperback edition makes available John Harley Warner's highly influential, revisionary history of nineteenth-century American medicine. Deftly integrating social and intellectual perspectives, Warner explores a crucial shift in medical history, when physicians no longer took for granted such established therapies as bloodletting, alcohol, and opium and began to question the sources and character of their therapeutic knowledge. He examines what this transformation meant in terms of patient care and assesses the impact of clinical research, educational reform, unorthodox medical movements, newly imported European method, and the products of laboratory science on medical ideology and action.
Originally published in 1997.
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Introduction: Therapeutics and the Transformation of American Medicine	1
Pt. I	Antebellum Medical Therapeutics
1	Intervention and identity	11
2	Epistemology, Social Change, and the Reorganization of Knowledge	37
3	The Principle of Specificity	58
Pt. II	The Process of Change
4	Therapeutic Change	83
5	Attitudes toward Change	162
6	Attitudes toward Foreign Knowledge	185
7	The Arbitration of Change	207
Pt. III	Therapeutic Reconstruction
8	Physiological Therapeutics and the Dissipation of Therapeutic Gloom	235
9	Cui Bono?	258
A Note on Sources for the History of Therapeutics	345
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