The English Patient in Post-colonial Perspective, or Practising Surgery on the Poms

Wilde, S. (2005) The English Patient in Post-colonial Perspective, or Practising Surgery on the Poms. Social History of Medicine, 18 1: 107-121. doi:10.1093/sochis/hki005

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Author Wilde, S.
Title The English Patient in Post-colonial Perspective, or Practising Surgery on the Poms
Journal name Social History of Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1477-4666
0951-631X
Publication date 2005-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/sochis/hki005
Volume 18
Issue 1
Start page 107
End page 121
Total pages 15
Editor R. Davidson
W. Ernst
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University
Language eng
Subject 430100 Historical Studies
780199 Other
430101 History - Australian
C1
Abstract Drawing on interviews with Australasian surgeons who trained in the 1950s and 1960s, this article discusses where, and on whom, they practised the manual skills involved in surgery. In the twentieth century, elite Australasian surgeons emphasized the importance of the science of surgery and the lengthy experience needed to acquire surgical judgement, and these concerns are reflected in the accreditation procedures adopted by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. However, trainee surgeons also had to acquire the manual skills that they needed in the operating theatre. The rhetoric of training emphasized the intellectual skills needed in surgery, but in reality the manual skills remained important, and there was also a fascination with the drama and stress involved in operating. In this era, British and Australasian surgical training were closely linked and many Australasian surgeons gained significant cutting experience in Britain.
Keyword the gift
surgeons
surgery
trainee surgeons
manual skills
Great Britain
Australia
Q-Index Code C1

 
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