Date of Award
Director of Thesis
Dr. Joseph November
Dr. Burke Dial
Domestic medicine can be defined as medical treatment provided within the home or community that is administered by a member of that home or community who is not a physician, surgeon, or nurse. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, domestic medicine flourished as housewives began to take on the role of medical practitioner. This was an attempt to alleviate the stress of low healthcare access that plagued lower-income and rural communities. Among lower- and middle-class communities in present day, we continue to see disparities in access to quality health care. I will argue that telemedicine has transformed during the pandemic to become an effective, though not perfect, solution to healthcare disparities present in modern America, similar to domestic medicine’s solution to healthcare disparities in the nineteenth century.
Allen, Savannah, "The Role of American Domestic Medicine in the Nineteenth Century: Implications for Modern Populations with Low Access to Health Care" (2022). Senior Theses. 531.