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The Therapeutic Perspective is aptly titled. Not a breezy narrative, John Warner's book is a contemplative perspective on the glacial changes attending doctors' choice of therapies in nineteenth-century America. In its depth of analysis and range of detail, the book makes most earlier accounts seem both sketchy and caricatured. Difficult but rewarding in its complexity, the book is rooted in a number of sources, including the pioneering articles of Charles Rosenberg a decade ago on therapeutic mentalities in the nineteenth century, and in the author's longstanding interest in geographic regionalism in American medicine.
From Warner's multifaceted story one can but
The Therapeutic Perspective: Medical Practice, Knowledge, and Identity in America, 1820-1885.. Ann Intern Med. ;106:490–491. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-3-490_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(3):490-491.
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