Date of Award:

5-2015

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

History

Committee Chair(s)

Victoria Grieve

Committee

Victoria Grieve

Committee

David Rich Lewis

Committee

Evelyn Funda

Abstract

This thesis traces the efforts of rural county in Utah attempting to create a professional medical system and addresses the challenges community faced in this effort including divisions among local and national medical societies, women and gender issues, and opposition to religious hierarchy. Navigating these conflicts, the local leaders in San Juan County established a medical cooperative which enable the permanent residence of a physician and later the construction of a hospital. San Juan County provided these medical services for its residents at a time when many of counties in the United States failed to expand their health services. San Juan succeeded due to dynamic leadership, support of local medical association, and the slow expansion of the medical system.

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