Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
On-line version ISSN 1678-4561Print version ISSN 1413-8123
AGOSTONI, Claudia. Itinerant physicians, the art of healing and doctors in national history (Mexico City, 1877-1911). Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2008, vol.13, n.3, pp.975-984. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232008000300019.
The uncertainty and mistrust towards the presence and activities of academic medical practitioners in Mexico City during the Porfirio Díaz government (1877-1911) convinced these professionals that is was essential to create, strengthen and transmit a respectable, competent and homogeneous image of the profession. To this purpose they recovered, recreated and adapted the ethical maxims of the occidental medical culture to their professional work, and rescued eminent medical figures of Mexico's convulse nineteenth century from being lost in the oblivion of history. Their goal - as it will be expounded in the following pages - was to respond, oppose and neutralize the criticism and disbelief expressed by the public against their professional performance.
Keywords : Art of healing; Public opinion; Medical profession; Historical writing.