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The medium is the medicine: a novel history

Before 1900, “many people thought of medicine as an inferior profession, or at least a career with inferior prospects,” according to Starr. The average American doctor earned less than “an ordinary mechanic,” riding miles each day on horseback to see just a handful of patients. The status of doctors changed dramatically in the first decade of the 20th century, when cars, telephones and urbanization made practicing medicine more efficient and therefore more lucrative.