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Becoming a Physician: Medical Education in Britain, France, Germany, and the United States, 1750-1945 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0801864827
ISBN-10: 0801864828
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From Library Journal

The author, a distinguished scholar and university administrator, complements his earlier To the Ends of the Earth: Women's Search for Education in Medicine (Harvard Univ. Pr., 1992) with a broader look at medical education. Bonner traces how such education evolved in four Western countries since the Enlightenment as their respective medical establishments gradually incorporated advances in natural sciences and developed a balance among theoretical, clinical, and laboratory approaches to instruction. Not merely an institutional study, Bonner's monograph describes the changing but always exhausting experiences of medical students and the glacial advances of women and minorities as they sought access to medical training. A scholarly and comprehensive analysis, Bonner's book is highly recommended for academic and medical libraries.
Kathy Arsenault, Univ. of South Florida-St. Petersburg Lib.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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[A] great strength of Bonner's superb book is its grasp of the many and distinct strands that have gone into the skein of medical education... This study will long remain definitive.

(Roy Porter Nature)

A sweeping comparative analysis of medical education... For readers interested in seeing the big picture, Becoming a Physician offers by far the best available view.

(Ronald L. Numbers Journal of the American Medical Association)

A work of considerable scholarship... Bonner has made an important contribution to our understanding of the shaping of medical education in the past and the influence of that history on medical schools today.

(Gert H. Brieger New England Journal of Medicine)

An encyclopedic history of Western medical education... Bonner presents the evolving and eclectic patterns with extraordinary detail as he skillfully weaves together the British, French, German and American experiences.

(USA Today)

Thomas Neville Bonner's history of medical education is a change fromthe purely naitonal history of medical education, and a refreshing contrast to the all-too-common anniversary history of a single school... an accessible study [that] offers other scholars an easy introduction into a thriving field of historical research.

(Jonathan Reinarz,French History)

A lucid map of the changes in pedagogy over two hundred years in four major centres of learning in the western world. While Bonner has a masterly grasp of the extensive literature and his own research is impressive, the real strength of the work lies in his insistence on reviewing medical training as a public and social undertaking and in his heroic attempt to explain the reasons for regional differences, particularly in terms of national political and cultural structures.

(Louella Vaughan English Historical Review)

Becoming a Physician is a highly valuable book, absolutely necessary to anyone who is interested in the history of medicine and history of education... it is a major resource in medical history.

(Jacques Poirier Europe Review)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (July 28, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801864828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801864827
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was just what I needed to find for my research and I enjoyed the contrasts presented with today's medical studies. Covering all types of doctors, apothecaries, surgeons in Britain and Europe, it's a fascinating look at how (mostly men at the time) the medical practice evolved.
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Great read!
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