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January 20, 1999

HistoryAgainst the Spirit of the System: The French Impulse in Nineteenth-Century American Medicine

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by John Harley Warner, 459 pp, with illus, $55, ISBN 0-691-01203-2, Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press, 1998.

JAMA. 1999;281(3):290. doi:10.1001/jama.281.3.290-JBK0120-3-1

During the first half of the 19th century, many American doctors traveled to Paris. Here they completed their medical training and developed a sense of professional identity that shaped their individual careers and the evolution of American medicine more generally. In this elegant and richly textured book, John Harley Warner describes the experiences of these men and women in Paris and the way these travelers subsequently made professional use of their Parisian experiences and identities.

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