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Professional and Popular Medicine in France 1770–1830

Professional and Popular Medicine in France 1770–1830
The Social World of Medical Practice

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Part of Cambridge Studies in the History of Medicine

  • Date Published: June 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521524605

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  • This is the first comprehensive study on a national scale of the entire range of medical practitioners who flourished in preindustrial and early industrial societies. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, it provides a richly detailed examination of medical practice as it existed in France during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Professor Ramsey argues that to penetrate this world, in many ways strangely different from our own, we must join two lines of inquiry: the history of the professions and the history of popular culture. The book considers not only the immediate ancestors of the modern medical profession - university-trained physicians who followed a liberal calling and surgeons who practiced a manual craft - but also the highly diverse group of practitioners who worked without legal authorization: traveling charlatans, local 'urine scanners,' folk healers using herbs and charms, counterwitches, and a great many ordinary people in other trades.

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    • Date Published: June 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521524605
    • length: 428 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.683kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables, maps, and illustrations
    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    Part I. Professional Medicine:
    1. The regular medical network at the end of the Old Regime
    2. The medical profession in the early nineteenth century
    Part II. Popular Medicine:
    3. Irregulars: itinerants
    4. Irregulars: sedentary empirics
    5. Folk healers: maiges and witches
    Part III. Toward a Social Interpretation:
    6. The structure of medical practice: an overview
    Afterword
    Appendices
    Notes
    Glossary and note on French money
    Index.

  • Author

    Matthew Ramsey

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