Article ID: CBB442725039

Introduction: Healthcare Practitioners’ Emotions and the Politics of Well-Being in Twentieth Century Anglo-America (2023)

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From the stress of burnout to the gratification of camaraderie, medicine is suffused with emotions that educators, administrators, and reformers have sought to shape. Yet historians of medicine have only begun to analyze how emotions have structured health care work. This introductory essay frames a special issue on health care practitioners’ emotions in the twentieth-century United Kingdom and United States. We argue that the massive bureaucratic and scientific changes in medicine after the Second World War helped to reshape affective aspects of care. The articles in this issue emphasize the intersubjectivity of feelings in healthcare settings and the mutually constitutive relationship between patients’ and providers’ emotions. Bridging the history of medicine with the history of emotion demonstrates how emotions are instilled rather than innate, social as well as personal, and, above all else, change over time. The articles reckon with the power dynamics of healthcare. They address the policies and practices that institutions, organizations, and governments have implemented to shape, govern, or manage the affective experiences and well-being of healthcare workers. And they point to important new directions in the history of medicine.

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Article Scott H Podolsky (2023) Attending to Emotions, as both Caregivers and Historians. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (pp. 424-425). unapi

Article Megann Licskai (2023) Wounded Healers: Abortion and the Affective Practices of Pro-Life Health Care. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (pp. 401-423). unapi

Article Kim Adams (2023) Loose Attitudes: Politics of Self-Knowledge in Our Bodies, Ourselves and The House of God. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (pp. 381-400). unapi

Article Ruth Beecher (2023) Children, Sexual Abuse and the Emotions of the Community Health Practitioner in England and Wales, 1970-2000. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (pp. 365-380). unapi

Article Philip Begley (2023) Making a “Happy Hospital”: Emotional Investment and Professional Identity Amongst Anglo-American Hospital Administrators. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (pp. 352-364). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Hoffman, Beatrix Rebecca
Berridge, Virginia
Chaney, Sarah
Colgrove, James Keith
Crosby, David L.
Faulkner, Alex
Journals
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Science as Culture
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
Publishers
University of Minnesota Press
Columbia University
Oxford University Press
University of Chicago Press
University of North Carolina Press
Wyndham Hall Press
Concepts
Medicine and society
Medicine and politics
Public health
Physicians; doctors
Emotions; passions
Public policy
People
Fauci, Anthony S.
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
18th century
Places
United States
United Kingdom
European Union
Germany
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