Obstetric Training as a Rite of Passage<sup>1</sup>

Robbi E. Davis-Floyd

in Birth as an American Rite of Passage

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780520229327
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927216 | DOI:
Obstetric Training as a Rite of Passage1

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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

Chapter.  12665 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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