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Birth as an American Rite of Passage$
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Robbie Davis-Floyd

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520229327

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520229327.001.0001

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Obstetric Training as a Rite of Passage1

Obstetric Training as a Rite of Passage1

(p.252) Chapter 7 Obstetric Training as a Rite of Passage1
Birth as an American Rite of Passage

Robbi E. Davis-Floyd

University of California Press

This chapter examines obstetric training in the U.S. as an initiatory rite of passage. It considers the process by which medical practitioners are socialized both into the core belief and value system of our society and into their roles as the maintainers and perpetuators of that system. It describes the process of psychological transformation through which fledgling medical students become full-fledged obstetricians and discusses cognitive transformation in medical training.

Keywords:   obstetric training, rite of passage, U.S., medical practitioners, belief system, value system, medical training

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