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Antonio M. Jr., MD Gotto and Jennifer Moon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702136

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702136.001.0001

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Clinical Innovation and a Historic Partnership

Clinical Innovation and a Historic Partnership

(p.29) 2 Clinical Innovation and a Historic Partnership
Weill Cornell Medicine

Antonio M. Gotto

Jennifer Moon

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses how the aftermath of World War I brought wide changes to the practice of medicine. Significant technological advances were made in wound management, reconstructive surgery, radiology, and internal medicine. Psychiatry, orthopedics, and plastic surgery emerged as new specialties, reflecting a larger shift within the profession toward specialists and away from general practitioners. Wartime medicine also produced doctors trained to be highly efficient in the organization of military hospitals. As a result, record keeping improved, and physicians started relying increasingly on modern diagnostic tests and technologies. The chapter also examines how a research project at Cornell—headed by anatomist Charles R. Stockard and George Papanicolau—became involved in the politics of Prohibition.

Keywords:   wartime medicine, wound management, reconstructive surgery, radiology, internal medicine, specialists, Charles R. Stockard, George Papanicolau

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