In his short but authoritative study, Roy Porter examines the impact of disease upon the English and their responses to it before the widespread availability and public provision of medical care. Professor Porter incorporates into the revised second edition new perspectives offered by recent research into provincial medical history, the history of childbirth, and women's studies in the social history of medicine. He begins by sketching a picture of the threats posed by disease to population levels and social continuity from Tudor times to the Industrial Revolution, going on to consider the nature and development of the medical profession, attitudes to doctors and disease, and the growing commitment of the state to public health. Drawing together a wide range of often fragmentary material, and providing a detailed annotated bibliography, this book is an important guide to the history of medicine and to English social history.Read more
- Introduction to a growing field of research by a leading authority
- The only brief survey for students of medicine, disease and society from the Tudor to the Victorian period
- Revised second edition and updated bibliography incorporate the latest research
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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: September 1995
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521557917
- length: 108 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 7 mm
- weight: 0.15kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction to the 2nd edition
1. Disease, death and doctors in Tudor and Stuart England
2. The practice of medicine in early modern England
3. Experience and actions: countering illness in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
4. Medicine and the market economy of the Georgian century
5. The medical profession and the state in the nineteenth century
6. The role of medicine: what did it achieve?
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