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Nineteenth-century narrative case histories: an inquiry into stylistics and history.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11609099     Owner:  HMD     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study of Canadian nineteenth-century obstetrical and gynaecological case histories enters the current debate about narrative prose and its postulated relation to humanitarianism from a particular point of view. It uses literary analysis to generate new types of evidence to shed light on the development of this medical specialty, and so demonstrates how close textual analysis can be of use to medical historians. The finding that narrative structure played a central role in the development of statistical thinking about disease grants it a highly ambivalent role in relation to humanitarianism. It supports the conclusion that the literary form has no content of its own; narrative appears as a powerful vehicle for creating consensus, but this insight cannot commit one to a view about the subject of the consensus or its social implications.
H Nowell-Smith
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian bulletin of medical history = Bulletin canadien d'histoire de la médecine     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0823-2105     ISO Abbreviation:  Can Bull Med Hist     Publication Date:  1995  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-08-17     Completed Date:  1995-08-17     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101130981     Medline TA:  Can Bull Med Hist     Country:  CANADA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  47-67     Citation Subset:  Q    
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MeSH Terms
Communication / history
Gynecology / history*
History, 19th Century
Linguistics / history*
Literature / history*
Obstetrics / history*
Social Welfare / history
Writing / history

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