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Neither Physicians Nor Surgeons: Whither Neuropathological Skill in Post-war England? (2015)


Neuropathologists constituted a small field in post-war England, perched between neurology, psychiatry, neurosurgery and pathology, but recognised as a discrete field of expertise. Despite this recognition, the success of the neighbouring fields of neurosurgery, psychosurgery and neurobiology, and the consultant status granted to pathologists in the National Health Service, neuropathologists struggled to stabilise their field. A discourse of skills, acquired and acquirable, became central to their attempts to situate the field in relation to surgeons' handicraft, physicians' diagnostic acumen and the technologies of the biological sciences.

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Authors & Contributors
Gavrus, Delia
Hall, Lesley A.
Stone, James L.
Weinberg, Adam
Bliss, Michael
Kotowicz, Zbigniew
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
History of Psychiatry
Journal of Medical Biography
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
University of Toronto Press
McGill University Libraries
University of Toronto
National Library of Australia
Peter Lang
Neurosurgery; psychosurgery
Physicians; doctors
Medicine and culture
Burckhardt, Gottlieb
Cushing, Harvey
Moniz, Egas (Antonio Caetano de Abreu Freire)
Guthrie, George James
Archibald, Edward W. (Edward William),
Penfield, Wilder Graves
Great Britain
United States
London (England)
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
20th century, late
Early modern
16th century
National Health Service (Great Britain)
Royal College of Surgeons, London
McGill University

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