Assignment #2: Due March
Essay and Timeline
Doctor D. Dutton was born just after World War II. A family interest in medicine took this baby boomer to the Medical College of Virginia in 1974. Now a practicing physician approaching age fifty, Dr. Dutton has begun to reflect on the generations of Dutton healers and practitioners.
After sorting through family records, and reading extensively in the history of American medicine, D. Dutton has decided to publish a family history of medicine. You have been hired as the "ghostwriter" for Dr. Dutton's biographical study. The editor who will publish the biography has assigned you three tasks.
#1. Your first task is to choose a "theme" for the biography that will explain changes in clinical practice. The editors for D. Dutton's publication have already indicated they do not want to see "Whig (or progressive) history"; "things got better" will not be a publishable theme. The editors also want a title that captures the theme. (This theme should be clearly identified in the introduction to your essay.)
#2. Your second task is to prepare a 5-page prospectus for the book--a summary of the medical experiences of this family. Using the theme as your framework you will compare the lives of these practitioners. Your essay should point out the major differences (and any similarities) in the medical practices of D. Dutton's kin. Some questions to think about as you review the course material:
Write an essay that brings D. Dutton's family members to life. And one that tells readers how and why the medical world of D. Dutton and parent in the late twentieth century is different from (or the same as) the medical world of the great-great-great grandparent of the early nineteenth century.
#3. Your third task is to attach a time-line showing each generation's years of practice and the major medical events that might have influenced the practice.
Length: 5 pages double-spaced, plus the time-line
- REMEMBER TO PROOFREAD YOUR ESSAY! Spell checks mandatory and grammar checks recommended!
Due: Friday, March 19.
LATE PAPERS: ESSAYS RECEIVED AFTER MARCH 19 WILL LOSE ONE LETTER GRADE FOR EACH DAY THEY ARE LATE.