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Making a Medical Living

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A socio-economic history of medical practice from the first voluntary hospital to national health insurance.

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How did doctors make a living? Making a Medical Living explores the neglected socio-economic history of medical practice, beginning with the first voluntary hospital in 1720 and ending with national health insurance in 1911. It looks at private practice and how this was supplemented by public appointments. In this innovative study, Anne Digby makes use of new archival sources of information to produce a compelling picture of ordinary rather than elite doctors, and of the dynamics of provincial rather than metropolitan practice. From the mid-eighteenth century doctors travelled to see ordinary patients, developed specialisms and expanded institutions. Despite limitations in treatment, doctors raised demand for their services as illuminating case studies of women, children, the poor and the affluent show. But doctors did not limit their own numbers, and were largely unsuccessful in restricting competition from other practitioners, with the significant exception of women. Consequently, many GPs struggled to make a living by seeing numerous patients at low fees. Doctors' entrepreneurial activity thus helped shape English medicine into a distinctive pattern of general and specialist practice, and of public and private health care.

Résumé
Making a Medical Living explores the neglected socio-economic history of medical practice, beginning with the first voluntary hospital in 1720 and ending with national health insurance in 1911. It looks at public appointments in hospitals and dispensaries, office under public welfare systems, and at private practice.

Contenu

Introduction; Part I. The Professional Structure of Practice: 1. Medical practitioners; 2. The context of practice; 3. Medical encounters; Part II. The Economic Dimensions of Practice: 4. The creation of surgical general practice; 5. The GP and the goal of prosperity; 6. Physicians; Part III. Patients and Doctors: 7. Medicalisation and affluent patients; 8. Office, altruism and poor patients; 9. Expanding practice with women and child patients; Part IV. Synthesis: Reflections.

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Making a Medical Living
Sous-titre: Doctors and Patients in the English Market for Medicine, 1720 1911
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Code EAN: 9780521345262
ISBN: 978-0-521-34526-2
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Cambridge University Press
Genre: Médecine
nombre de pages: 372
Poids: 723g
Taille: H229mm x B152mm x T26mm
Année: 2008