Medical Caregiving and Identity in Pennsylvanias Anthracite Region, 1880–2000

Paperback | October 31, 2011

byKarol K. Weaver

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While much has been written about immigrant traditions, music, food culture, folklore, and other aspects of ethnic identity, little attention has been given to the study of medical culture, until now. In Medical Caregiving and Identity in Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Region, 1880–2000, Karol Weaver employs an impressive range of primary sources, including folk songs, patent medicine advertisements, oral history interviews, ghost stories, and jokes, to show how the men and women of the anthracite coal region crafted their gender and ethnic identities via the medical decisions they made. Weaver examines communities’ relationships with both biomedically trained physicians and informally trained medical caregivers, and how these relationships reflected a sense of “Americanness.” She uses interviews and oral histories to help tell the story of neighborhood healers, midwives, Pennsylvania German powwowers, medical self-help, and the eventual transition to modern-day medicine. Weaver is able to show not only how each of these methods of healing was shaped by its patrons and their backgrounds but also how it helped mold the identities of the new Americans who sought it out.

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While much has been written about immigrant traditions, music, food culture, folklore, and other aspects of ethnic identity, little attention has been given to the study of medical culture, until now. In Medical Caregiving and Identity in Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Region, 1880–2000, Karol Weaver employs an impressive range of primary s...

Karol K. Weaver is Associate Professor of History at Susquehanna University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.46 inPublished:October 31, 2011Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271048794

ISBN - 13:9780271048796

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 The Anthracite Coal Region

2 Professional Medicine in the Anthracite Coal Region

3 Mothering Through Medicine: The Neighborhood Women

4 Powwowers and Pennsylvania German Medicin

5 Miners, Masculinity, and Medical Self-Help

6 Moving from Traditional Medicine to Biomedicine

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

“In Medical Caregiving and Identity in Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Region, 1880-2000, Karol Weaver skillfully weaves history and the lives of medical caregivers together within the context of policy, class, gender, and a transcultural society.”

—John C. Kirchgessner, Nursing History Review