Charles Bell And The Anatomy Of Reform by Carin BerkowitzCharles Bell And The Anatomy Of Reform by Carin Berkowitz

Charles Bell And The Anatomy Of Reform

byCarin Berkowitz

Hardcover | November 17, 2015

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Sir Charles Bell (1774–1842) was a medical reformer in a great age of reform—an occasional and reluctant vivisectionist, a theistic popularizer of natural science, a Fellow of the Royal Society, a surgeon, an artist, and a teacher. He was among the last of a generation of medical men who strove to fashion a particularly British science of medicine; who formed their careers, their research, and their publications through the private classrooms of nineteenth-century London; and whose politics were shaped by the exigencies of developing a living through patronage in a time when careers in medical science simply did not exist. A decade after Bell’s death, that world was gone, replaced by professionalism, standardized education, and regular career paths.
In Charles Bell and the Anatomy of Reform, Carin Berkowitz takes readers into Bell’s world, helping us understand the life of medicine before the modern separation of classroom, laboratory, and clinic. Through Bell’s story, we witness the age when modern medical science, with its practical universities, set curricula, and medical professionals, was born.
Carin Berkowitz is director of the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
Title:Charles Bell And The Anatomy Of ReformFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:November 17, 2015Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022628039X

ISBN - 13:9780226280394

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Table of Contents


Chapter One    Politics and Patronage: Building a Career in London’s Medical Classrooms
Chapter Two   Pedagogy Inside and Outside the Medical Classroom: Training the Hand and Eye to Know
Chapter Three From the Anatomy Theater to the Political Theater: Journals and the Making of “British Medicine” in Early Nineteenth-Century London
Chapter Four   London’s New Classrooms: London University and the Middlesex Hospital School
Chapter Five   Defining a Discovery: Changes in British Medical Culture and the Priority Dispute over the Discovery of the Roots of Motor and Sensory Nerves




Editorial Reviews

"A fascinating and powerfully original study of British medicine at a pivotal moment, viewed through the lens of an anatomist, surgeon, and aspiring late-Enlightenment natural philosopher fashioning a career in an age of reform. Meticulously researched and thoroughly engaging, Berkowitz shows convincingly how the classroom was the central space for anatomical science and gives us an eloquent recreation of the early-nineteenth-century London medical world."