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Making a Medical Living

Making a Medical Living
Doctors and Patients in the English Market for Medicine, 1720–1911

Part of Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time

  • Date Published: June 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521524513


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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 public appointments in hospitals and dispensaries, office under public welfare systems, and at private practice. In this innovative study, Anne Digby makes use of new sources of information, looks at ordinary rather than élite doctors, and analyses provincial rather than metropolitan practice. From the mid-eighteenth century medicine became more commercialised; doctors travelled to see ordinary patients, developed specialisms, and were entrepreneurial in expanding institutional forms of health care. This entrepreneurial activity helped shape English medicine into a distinctive pattern of general and specialist practice, and of public and private health care.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521524513
    • length: 372 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.667kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Author

    Anne Digby

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