Out of the Dead House: Nineteenth-Century Women Physicians and the Writing of Medicine

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, Mar 12, 2001 - Medical - 312 pages
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In the last decades of the nineteenth century, two thousand women physicians formed a significant and lively scientific community in the United States. Many were active writers; they participated in the development of medical record-keeping and research, and they wrote self-help books, social and political essays, fiction, and poetry. Out of the Dead House rediscovers the contributions these women made to the developing practice of medicine and to a community of women in science.
    Susan Wells combines studies of medical genres, such as the patient history or the diagnostic conversation, with discussions of individual writers. The women she discusses include Ann Preston, the first woman dean of a medical college; Hannah Longshore, a successful practitioner who combined conventional and homeopathic medicine; Rebecca Crumpler, the first African American woman physician to publish a medical book; and Mary Putnam Jacobi, writer of more than 180 medical articles and several important books. Wells shows how these women learned to write, what they wrote, and how these texts were read.
    Out of the Dead House also documents the ways that women doctors influenced medical discourse during the formation of the modern profession. They invented forms and strategies for medical research and writing, including methods of using survey information, taking patient histories, and telling case histories. Out of the Dead House  adds a critical episode to the developing story of women as producers and critics of culture, including scientific culture.
  

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A dense, scholarly work examining women practicing medicine and writing science in the 19th Century. Ms. Wells looks closely at the language both women and men in medicine used, comparing to get deep ... Read full review

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A deep, well-written account focused on nineteenth-century European and American female physicians and the struggles they went through to practice medicine. This was a time when medical schools were ... Read full review

Contents

Out of the Dead House
3
Medical Conversations and Medical Histories
16
Invisible Writing I Ann Preston Invents an Institution
57
Learning to Write Medicine
80
Invisible Writing II Hannah Longshore and the Borders of Regularity
122
I
146
Forbidden Sights Women and the Visual Economy of Medicine
193
Notes
229
Works Cited
280
Index
307
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Susan Wells is professor of English at Temple University. She is the author of Sweet Reason: Rhetoric and the Discourses of Modernity and The Dialectics of Representation.

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