What sort of things were taught in medical school in the 1800s?
March 29, 2012 1:23 PM Subscribe
What sort of things did doctors learn in medical school in the 1800s?
posted by Lownotes to science & nature (16 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I'm interested in what the first medical schools taught, and I'm looking for a broad answer. I'm writing an article that mentions the doctors in the time period and want to add a few background paragraphs.
Since medicine was primitive, science just getting rolling, folk cures still prevalent, and little was known about the body or pharmacology, what would the average student learn in medical school that required so many years of training?
I'm assuming a doctor in 1850 was revered as being an expert, but how far from being experts would they have been by today's standards? How much could they really have known that is far and above what a layperson knows today?
I'd appreciate links or suggested reading if you don't feel like giving a long answer. Thanks!