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In the clinic: Framing disease at the Paris hospital

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The programme of physicians and surgeons during the ‘late' phase of the Paris Hospital incorporated efforts to codify the most efficient ways of defining disease. Those efforts involved reckoning the probability , the specificity , and most consistently, the localization of disease entities. One of the most frequently encountered of such entities was pleuritis. Pleuritis is therefore used here as a ‘marker' through which to investigate how Auguste Chomel and others carried forward the programme of codification. A conspicuous feature of that programme was a highly ritualized system of pedagogical organization in the clinique m├ędicale .

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Medicine, Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia, 51 North 39th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104, U.S.A.

Publication date: March 1, 1990

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