Divide And Conquer: A Comparative History Of Medical Specialization

Hardcover | August 24, 2005

byGeorge Weisz

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This wide-ranging book is the first to examine one of the most significant and characteristic features of modern medicine - specialization - in historical and comparative context. Based on research in three languages, it traces the origins of modern medical specialization to 1830s Paris andexamines its spread to Germany, Britain, and the US, showing how it evolved from an outgrowth of academic teaching and research in the 19th century into the dominant mode of medical practice by the middle of the 20th. Taking account of the parallels and differences in national developments, thebook shows the international links among the nations' medical systems as well as the independent influences of local political and social conditions in the move toward specialization. An epilogue takes the story up to the twenty-first century, where problems of specialization merge into the largercrisis of health care which affects most western nations today.

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This wide-ranging book is the first to examine one of the most significant and characteristic features of modern medicine - specialization - in historical and comparative context. Based on research in three languages, it traces the origins of modern medical specialization to 1830s Paris andexamines its spread to Germany, Britain, and t...

George Weisz is at McGill University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:August 24, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195179692

ISBN - 13:9780195179699

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Emergence of Medical Specialization in the Nineteenth CenturyChapter 1: The Rise of Specialties in Early-Nineteenth-Century-ParisChapter 2: Medical Specialization in London: A Reverse Mirror ImageChapter 3: Specialization in the German-Speaking WorldChapter 4: The Rise of American SpecialtiesPart II: Domesticating Specialist Practice, 1890-1950Chapter 5: Regulating Specialists in National Medical DirectoriesChapter 6: Regulating Specialists in GermanyChapter 7: Regulating Specialists the American WayChapter 8: The French Style of Regulating SpecialistsChapter 9: Regulating Specialists in the British MannerChapter 10: Medical Specialties in Comparative PerspectiveEpilogue: Medical Specialization in Second Half of the Twentieth Century

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"This book will be widely read by historians of medicine...Non-specialists will also find much in Divide and Conquer. Anyone working on a medical specialty will want to consult with Weisz's work."--H-France