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Performing Medicine

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The book offers a fresh and distinctive account of the transformation of provincial English medicine from the late eighteenth to the mid nineteenth centuries. Written by one of the leading scholars in the field it demonstrates how the roots of modern medicine can be located in the cultural, political and ideological upheavals of the age of reform.


Michael Brown is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Roehampton

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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 professionalisation, 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.


Introduction 1. The Doctor's Club: politeness, sociability and the culture of medico-gentility 2. Polite and ornamental knowledge: medicine and the world of letters 3. The asylum revolution: politics, reform and the demise of medico-gentility 4. The march of intellect: social progressivism and the transformation of provincial medicine 5. Guardians of health: cholera, collectivity and the care of the social body 6. True heroes and healers: expertise, authority and the making of medical dominion Epilogue: Pasts, present, futures Bibliography Index

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Titre: Performing Medicine
Sous-titre: Medical Culture and Identity in Provincial England, C.1760-1850
Code EAN: 9780719095573
ISBN: 0719095573
Format: Couverture cartonnée
nombre de pages: 266
Poids: 378g
Taille: H234mm x B156mm x T14mm
Année: 2014


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