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The Transformation of German Academic Medicine, 1750–1820

The Transformation of German Academic Medicine, 1750–1820


Part of Cambridge Studies in the History of Medicine

  • Date Published: August 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521524575

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  • By examining German university medicine between 1750 and 1820, this book presents a new interpretation of the emergence of modern medical science. It demonstrates that the development of modern medicine as a profession linking theory and practice did not emerge suddenly from the revolutionary transformation of Europe at the opening of the nineteenth century, as Foucault and others have argued. Instead, Thomas H. Broman points to cultural and institutional changes occurring during the second half of the eighteenth century as reshaping both medical theory and physician's professional identity. Among the most important of these factors was the emergence of a literary public sphere in Germany between 1750 and 1800, a development that exposed medical writing to new discourses such as Jena Romanticism and created the stage on which would be played out the bitter medical controversies of the 1790s.

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    '… illuminating … offers a clear, straightforward and innovatively original approach to the presentation of the subject factually without tendentiousness and integrates social, intellectual and cultural approaches with historical analysis'. Studies in History of Medicine and Science

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    • Date Published: August 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521524575
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Physicians in eighteenth-century Germany
    2. Fractures and new alignments
    3. Physicians and writers: medical theory and the emergence of the public sphere
    4. The art of healing
    5. Breaking the shackles of history: the Brunonian revolution in Germany
    6. German medicine during the restoration
    Conclusion: disciplines, professions, and the public sphere

  • Author

    Thomas H. Broman, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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