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Author Davis, Robert Leigh, 1956-

Title Whitman and the romance of medicine / Robert Leigh Davis.

Published Berkeley : University of California Press, c1997.


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Physical description x, 190 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 139-181) and index.
Contents Introduction: Whitman and Convalescence -- 1. "America, Brought to Hospital": Democracy, Homosexuality, and the Romance of Medicine -- 2. "On Both Sides of the Line": The Liminality of Civil War Nursing -- 3. Sympathy and the Crisis of Union -- 4. Telling It Slant: Medical Representation in Memoranda During the War -- 5. The Art of the Suture: Richard Selzer and Medical Narrative.
Summary In this powerful examination of one of America's greatest cultural and literary figures, Robert Leigh Davis details the literary and social significance of Walt Whitman's career as a nurse during the American Civil War. Davis shows how the concept of "convalescence" in nineteenth century medicine and philosophy - along with Whitman's personal war experiences - provides a crucial point of convergence for Whitman's work as a gay and democratic writer.
Subject Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892 -- Knowledge -- Medicine.
Medicine -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Poets, American -- 19th century -- Biography.
Medicine in literature.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Medical care.
ISBN 0520207602 (acid-free paper)