10_Tyranny of Diagnosis - Charles Rosenberg

10_Tyranny of Diagnosis - Charles Rosenberg - The Tyranny f...

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The Tyranny of Diagnosis In addition to their gradual embodiment in the form of accumulated data, agreed-upon disease categories constituted a language that linked physician and patient, especially in the hospital's increasingly bureau- cratic context. By the end of the late 19th century, the acute care-oriented hospital had already become a key factor in nurturing an administratively stan- dardized and specific disease-oriented way of thinking about sickness. Disease categories played a fundamental role in the hospital's internal order, and the hospital's increasing centrality, served to make diagnosis among a repertoire of specific disease entities indispensable to inpatient medicine and thus the texture of patient experience. That intellectual centrality was intensified and, to a degree, embodied in the beginnings of specialism and the growing significance of the general hospital in deliv- ering care to all classes in society. Moreover, much of the era's systematic clinical investigation
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