Performing Medicine : Medical Culture and Identity in Provincial England, c. 1760-1850 (1ST)


Performing Medicine : Medical Culture and Identity in Provincial England, c. 1760-1850 (1ST)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 254 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780719077975
  • DDC分類 362.1094209033

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When did medicine become modern? This book takes a fresh look at one of the most important questions in the history of medicine. It explores how the cultures, values and meanings of medicine were transformed across the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as its practitioners came to submerge their local identities as urbane and learned gentlemen into the ideal of a nationwide and scientifically-based medical profession. Moving beyond traditional accounts of professionalization, it demonstrates how visions of what medicine was and might be were shaped by wider social and political forces, from the eighteenth-century values of civic gentility to the radical and socially progressive ideologies of the age of reform. Focusing on the provincial English city of York, it draws on a rich and wide-ranging archival record, including letters, diaries, newspapers and portraits, to reveal how these changes took place at the level of everyday practice, experience and representation. -- .

Table of Contents

        List of figures                            vi
Acknowledgements vii
List of abbreviations ix
Introduction 1 (12)
1 The Doctors Club: politeness, sociability 13 (35)
and the culture of medico-gentility
2 Polite and ornamental knowledge: medicine 48 (34)
and the world of letters
3 The asylum revolution: politics, reform 82 (31)
and the demise of medico-gentility
4 The march of intellect: social 113(37)
progressivism and the transformation of
provincial medicine
5 Guardians of health: cholera, 150(43)
collectivity and the care of the social body
6 True heroes and healers: expertise, 193(30)
authority and the making of medical dominion
Epilogue: pasts, present, futures 223(9)
Select bibliography 232(12)
Index 244