Science, Medicine, and the State in Germany: The Case of Baden, 1815-1871

Hardcover | June 1, 1993

byArleen Marcia Tuchman

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This superb account of the development of scientific research in the state of Baden places the growth of science in nineteenth century Germany within a broad social and economic context. The book analyses the progress of scientific research and its institutionalization in the state universitysystem. Focusing on the experimental sciences, the book explores the introduction of the research ethic into the university medical curriculum, and the process by which laboratory science came to be an essential pedagogical tool in the education of future citizens of the state. The social andeconomic changes that ultimately transformed Germany into a modern industrial state are also considered. It was within this setting that laboratory training, once considered inappropriate for university studies, grew in status, and that dissatisfaction with the overly theoretical educationtraditionally offered by the universities began to increase. Thus, much like computers today, the scientific method in the nineteenth century came to represent an instrument for teaching not only specific skills but also a particular way of approaching, analyzing, and solving the problems of anindustrializing economy. This compelling volume will be of interest to historians of science, medicine, and European studies.

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This superb account of the development of scientific research in the state of Baden places the growth of science in nineteenth century Germany within a broad social and economic context. The book analyses the progress of scientific research and its institutionalization in the state universitysystem. Focusing on the experimental science...

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This superb account of the development of scientific research in the state of Baden places the growth of science in nineteenth century Germany within a broad social and economic context. The book analyzes the progress of scientific research and its institutionalization in the state university system. Focusing on the experimental scienc...

Arleen Marcia Tuchman is at Vanderbilt University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9.57 × 6.3 × 0.87 inPublished:June 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195080475

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Table of Contents

1. University Reform and Medical Education at the University of Heidelberg, 1815-18302. Political Changes and Educational Reforms in Baden, 1815-18483. Scientific Medicine: The Development of the Program4. Scientific Medicine at the University of Heidelberg--the 1840s5. Revolution, Reaction, and the Politics of Education6. The Battle for an Experimental Physiologist7. The Institutionalization of Experimental Physiology8. Experimental Physiology and the Medical Context9. The Triumph of the Idealogy of the Practical--the 1850sConclusion: The 1860s and Beyond--An Institutional Revolution?

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"...Fills an important need. [The book] serves to remind us of the contingent and contextualized nature of science and medicine."--Journal of Modern History