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Knowledge in the Time of CholeraThe Struggle over American Medicine in the Nineteenth Century$
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Owen Whooley

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226017464

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226017778.001.0001

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Medicine after the Time of Cholera

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Knowledge in the Time of Cholera

Owen Whooley

University of Chicago Press

This book explores the professionalization of American medicine through the lens of epistemological change. It explains how allopathic physicians came to embrace the epistemology of the laboratory, the nature of the epistemic closure in U.S. medicine, and the organizational infrastructure that such closure yielded. This conclusion summarizes the important points discussed in the book and offers some final thoughts on the history and elements of the epistemic contest in the United States.

Keywords:   professionalization, medicine, allopathic physicians, epistemic closure, laboratory, epistemic contest

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