In the late nineteenth century, the American system of medical education underwent a complete transformation. Medical colleges shifted from commercial schools where instruction was based almost exclusively on classroom lectures to university-affiliated programs providing hands-on training in both laboratory and clinical work. Medical educators recognized that successfully enacting the new pedagogy required new buildings. By the 1930s, almost every medical college in the United States had rebuilt or significantly renovated its facilities. In Creating the Modern Physician: The Architecture of American Medical Schools in the Era of Medical Education Reform, Katherine L. Carroll analyzes the first wave of schools constructed to house the new medical training. She examines the three dominant types of American medical school buildings, which she argues did more than supply spaces for teaching and research—they defined specific conceptions of modern medicine and helped to shape the modern physician.
Creating the Modern Physician: The Architecture of American Medical Schools in the Era of Medical Education Reform
The recipient of a Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, Katherine Carroll recently completed her PhD (Boston University). This article developed from her dissertation and book project on American medical schools. Additional interests include the patronage of philanthropic foundations and architecture's role in the formation of professional identities.
- Views Icon Views
- Share Icon Share
- Search Site
Katherine L. Carroll; Creating the Modern Physician: The Architecture of American Medical Schools in the Era of Medical Education Reform. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 March 2016; 75 (1): 48–73. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2016.75.1.48
Download citation file: