“Let Me Heal” chronicles the history of graduate medical education in the United States, from its origins in 19th-century apprenticeships to its birth at Johns Hopkins to its changing character in the late 20th century and the challenges it faces today. It is the definitive account on the topic. This book has obvious appeal for historians of medicine and physicians interested in their past as well as to the lay public curious about the training of their doctors. It also has pressing relevance for policy makers shaping the future of residency.
Currently a graduate student in history at Yale University, Barr graduated 2006 from Washington University in St. Louis with an A.B. in history. After spending a summer teaching English in Hanoi, he worked one year for the federal government writing the history of the Special Forces medic and examining its links to physician assistant programs. He is currently at work on a dissertation that will examine the rise of vascular surgery in 20th-century United States, paying particular attention to roles of World War II and Korea. Also a student at the University of Virginia’s medical school, Barr plans to pursue a career interdigitating his passion for medicine and history.