Learning to Heal: The Development of American Medical Education

by Kenneth M. Ludmerer (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal
By the late 1800s, a typical American physician had received his formal train
ing at one of the nation's two dozen proprietary medical schools. Admis sion
standards were lax, the curriculum covered two four-month terms, no writ ten
examinations were required, and little clinical experience was offered. Ludmerer
provides an engrossing nar rative history of the rise of the modern medical
college and teaching hospital from these rather shaky beginnings. He has
compressed a considerable amount of historical data into readable prose, often
providing fresh perspective on the major social, scientific, and peda gogical
forces that have shaped the course of medical education since the 19th century.
Especially interesting is an extensive section on early reform movements and
their influence.


"Learning to Heal is the best description I have read on the development of US
medical schools, and it's an informative reminder to all US medical graduates of
where their education came from." -- The Lancet

"Kenneth Ludmerer's excellent book tells the fascinating story of how the United
States achieved its world leadership in medical education... The best study yet
of the origins of modern medical education." -- James H. Jones, New York Times
Book Review

"A brilliant interpretation of the origins of modern medical education... A
stunning achievement." -- Thomas N. Bonner, American Historical Review

"An excellent work of scholarship, compressing a relatively vast literature into
a readable and informative volume." -- Gordon T. Moore, M.D., New England
Journal of Medicine

"Learning to Heal should be recommended reading for every student, practitioner,
faculty member, or administrator concerned with the past, present, and future of
American medical education and practice." -- Alberto Galofré, M.D., Journal of
the American Medical Association

"A first-rate storyteller." -- Sherman Mellinkoff, Los Angeles Times Book Review

Product Details

Paperback: 359 pages
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press (January 1, 1996)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0801852587



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