Date of Award

5-6-2019

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

History

First Advisor

Wendy Venet

Second Advisor

Alex Cummings

Third Advisor

Glenn Eskew

Abstract

This dissertation uses the Civil War as a fulcrum to talk about the professionalization of American Medicine. Tracking doctors, nurses, hospitals, surgery, and other treatments, this dissertation describes their progression and professionalization over the nineteenth century. It argues that the Union and Confederacy deal with the Civil War in different ways, with the Confederacy pushing away from standardization and the Union embracing it.

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