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The Science We Have Loved and Taught
Dartmouth medical School’s First Two Centuries
Constance Putnam

Available only as an ebook.

2004 • 411 pp. 25 ht 6 1/4 x 9 1/4"
Medicine & Public Health / History of Medicine

$7.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-872-6

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“An imaginatively researched and meticulous history of Dartmouth Medical School . . . Putnam has delivered an administrative history of Dartmouth Medical School that is absorbing and rich in detail and personalities.” Medical Review: A Quarterly Digest of Clinical Specialties

Full-scale history of Dartmouth Medical School, a resilient and complex contributor to medical education nationwide.

Dartmouth Medical School (DMS), the fourth oldest medical school in the United States, was founded in 1797 in Hanover, New Hampshire, by Nathan Smith. An entrepreneurial doctor with his own special brand of patient-centered medical care, Smith saw the fledgling Dartmouth College as a "literary institution" that would give status to his medical school and enhance his efforts to train physicians to care for rural patients. The College and the Medical School have followed intertwined paths ever since, as Constance Putnam shows in her account of the School's first two centuries.

Like all medical schools, DMS has had to learn how to get along with its parent institution. At Dartmouth, this has meant repeatedly sorting out just how independent the "Medical Department" (as it was initially known) should be of Dartmouth College itself. Yet it is the strong personalities and the unique way Dartmouth responded to changes in fashion for medical education that sets the DMS story apart. Putnam brings to life the men who helped make Dartmouth Medical School important in the history of medical education.

The unique path followed by Dartmouth Medical School in the aftermath of the Flexner Report is also thoroughly explored. The book concludes with an assessment of DMS at the end of its second century and a look at the way Nathan Smith's early vision had grown to something far greater and more useful to the health of that rural population he sought to serve than even he could have imagined.

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Reviews / Endorsements

"Putnam has delivered an administrative history of Dartmouth Medical School that is absorbing and rich in detain and personalities." Medical History

"Rich in its historical details, comprehensive in its scope, and ambitious in its aims."Wellcome History

A splendid study rich in detail. In Putnam's hands, the story of Dartmouth Medical School becomes a sampling device that yields vivid insight into the
shaping and reshaping of American medical culture.
John Harley Warner, Professor and Chair, History of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, and Professor of History and of American Studies, Yale University

"Institutional history is difficult to write--and to read. Constance Putnam's history of our fourth oldest, and one of our most distinguished, medical schools has overcome both hurdles. Well written, imaginatively researched and organized, this history will be a great credit to a medical school now over 200 years old. It provides absorbing stories of internal turmoil as well as external achievements, and is a welcome addition to our growing knowledge of the history of education generally and medical education particularly."Gert H. Brieger, M.D., Ph.D., Distinguished Service Professor, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Winner of the Will Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Communication from the New England Chapter of the American Medical Writer's Association (2006)

CONSTANCE PUTNAM is a writer who specializes in the history of medicine and medical ethics. She is co-author of Improve, Perfect, and Perpetuate: Dr. Nathan Smith and Early American Medical Education (UPNE 1998). In 1999 she received a Ph.D. from Tufts University in its interdisciplinary doctoral program.

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