Making Doctors: An Institutional Apprenticeship

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November 1997



Few outsiders realize that student illness is frequently, and ironically, a by-product of medical training. This unique study by a medical doctor and trained anthropologist debunks popular myths of expertise and authority which surround the medical establishment. Dr. Sinclair asks provoking questions about the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge within the field. In detailing all levels of basic training in a London medical school, he describes both "official" and "unofficial" student activities.
This insider's expose should prompt a serious reconsideration of abuses in a profession which has a critical influence over untold lives. In particular, it suggests that the structures and discourses of power need to be reexamined in order to provide satisfactory answers to sensitive questions relating to gender and race, the dialogue between doctor and patient, and the mental stability of students under severe stress.


Simon Sinclair University of Durham


'Read this book. [...] It is in turn fascinating, nostalgic, and, ultimately, depressing. Simon Sinclair has produced a masterful account of rites of passage, a study of initiation in which the raw recruits enter medical school and progress through its various nooks and crannies to exit as members of the tribe some five years later.'BMJ'This is an excellent book, well argued and thought out. [...] The subject is covered very thoroughly, and effortlessly put into historical perspective. The quotes at the start of each chapter are apt. It is essential reading for anyone interested in medical education.'The Lancet'Making Doctors is a remarkable and very readable book. [...] Do read the book.'Pulse magazine'a valuable, well written and accessible account of what it takes to become a member of that esteemed profession, medicine.'Medical Sociology News'Simon Sinclair ... is able to provide a unique perspective on medical training that should be mandatory reading for t
EAN: 9781859739556
ISBN: 1859739555
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 1997
Seitenanzahl: 320 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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