2011-02-22 -- The Flexner Report

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The Flexner Report – A Turning Point in American Medicine? February 22, 2011 History 451 Prof. November
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Can Medicine Be Scientific? Scientific experimentation medical breakthroughs 1860s to 1880s work of Pasteur We now consider medicine as a “republic of science” Many aspects of medical practice not “scientific” “Scientific” medicine had to be built 1910 Flexner Report seen as turning point
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Late 19 th Century Science Germany was the center of scientific thought 1870s to 1910s Romantic tradition holds sway USA peripheral Search for underlying causes of phenomena Electromagnetism Atomic chemistry Evolution (we’ll be coming back to this one!)
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Anti-scientific Medicine Before 1900, medicine grounded in rational systems of thinking and training we do not now consider to be science Humorism Miasma Science was not part of American medical training Professional science hard to find anywhere in the USA before 1900
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Who’s a scientist? Do alchemists and natural philosophers count? One who rejects the non-sensory and/or non-
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This note was uploaded on 06/02/2011 for the course HIST 451 taught by Professor November during the Spring '11 term at South Carolina.

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