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Attending to Emotions, as both Caregivers and Historians (2023)


It has been fascinating to read this collection of articles on the history of healthcare practitioners’ emotions, and to reflect on my own career as both a primary care physician and medical historian, and on caregiving and medical history more generally. Beginning medical school in 1993, I absorbed from the hidden curriculum William Osler’s ethos of “Aequanimitas” and imperturbability – “coolness and presence of mind under all circumstances, calmness amid storm, clearness of judgment in moments of grave peril, immobility, impassiveness” – well before I read his iconic essay.1 Indeed, many members of my generation (myself included) were more likely to first encounter the transmogrification of Osler’s ethos into the House of God’s (itself ably dissected in this volume) third “law”: “At a cardiac arrest the first procedure is to take your own pulse.”2 Emotions were to be modulated and tempered in the service of the patient.

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Article Jacob D Moses; Agnes Arnold-Forster; Samuel V Schotland (2023) Introduction: Healthcare Practitioners’ Emotions and the Politics of Well-Being in Twentieth Century Anglo-America. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (pp. 341-351). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Capel, Horacio
Dick, Steven J.
Lanska, Douglas J.
Lerner, Barron H.
Martin, Brian
Narlikar, Jayant V.
European Physical Journal H
Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage
Journal of Geophysical Research
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
British Journal for the History of Science
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
American Chemical Society
Allen Lane
Doce Calles
Johns Hopkins University Press
Penguin Press
Historians of science, modern
Physicians; doctors
Career development
Professions and professionalization
Capel, Horacio
Dick, Steven J.
Hoyle, Fred
Lanteri-Laura, Georges
Narlikar, Jayant V.
Schutta, Henry S.
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
United States
Maryland (U.S.)
United Kingdom
Universiteit Leiden
Princeton University
United States Naval Observatory
Rijksuniversiteit te Groningen
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA History Division
Friedrich–Alexander University Erlangen–Nürnberg (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

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