Medicine in Society: Historical Essays

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 27, 1992 - History - 397 pages
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The social history of medicine over the past fifteen years has redrawn the boundaries of medical history. Specialized papers and monographs have contributed to our knowledge of how medicine has affected society and how society has shaped medicine. This book synthesizes, through a series of essays, some of the most significant findings of this "new social history" of medicine. The period covered ranges from ancient Greece to the present time. While coverage is not exhaustive, the reader is able to trace how medicine in the West developed from an unlicensed open market place, with many different types of practitioners in the classical period, to the nineteenth- and twentieth-century professionalized medicine of State influence, of hospitals, public health medicine, and scientific medicine. The book also covers innovative topics such as patient-doctor relationships, the history of the asylum, and the demographic background to the history of medicine.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
towards a social history of GraecoRoman medicine
15
Medicine and society in medieval Europe 5001500
59
The patient in England c 1660 c 1800
91
Making sense of health and the environment in early modern England
119
Medicine in the age of Enlightenment
149
The rise of the modern hospital in Britain
197
Medical practitioners 17501850 and the period of medical reform in Britain
219
England and America in the nineteenth century
249
Madness and its institutions
277
changing patterns of sickness in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
303
Providers consumers the state and the delivery of healthcare services in twentiethcentury Britain
317
The implications of increased life expectancy for family and social life
347
Index
377
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Wear is Senior Lecturer in the History of Medicine, University College London and the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine.

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