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Frances Burney and the Doctors
Patient Narratives Then and Now


  • Publication planned for: October 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108476362

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  • Frances Burney is primarily known as a novelist and playwright, but in recent years there has been an increased interest in the medical writings found within her private letters and journals. John Wiltshire advocates Burney as the unconscious pioneer of the modern genre of pathography, or the illness narrative. Through her dramatic accounts of distinct medical events, such as her own infamous operation without anaesthetic, to those she witnessed, including the 'madness' of George III and the inoculation of her son against smallpox, Burney exposes the ethical issues and conflicts between patients and doctors. Her accounts are linked to a range of modern narratives in which similar events occur in the changed conditions of the public hospital. The genre that Burney initiated continues to make an important contribution to our understanding of medical practice in the modern world.

    • Demonstrates the importance of Frances Burney as a writer and how she pioneered the expanding and important modern genre of pathography or patient narrative
    • Integrates important moments of medical history into literary analysis that showcase the significance of the medical incidents Burney wrote about
    • Links Burney's narratives to modern and contemporary patient and carers' publications to provide a wider context of the ethical issues around patient-doctor relationships
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108476362
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 4 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Note on short titles
    1. Frances Burney's long and extraordinary life:
    2. The King, the court and 'madness':
    3. Aftermath:
    4. An inoculation for smallpox:
    5. 'A mastectomy':
    6. Fighting for life: 'the last illness and death of General D'Arblay':
    7. 'Between hope, trust and truth'
    8. Across the centuries

  • Author

    John Wiltshire, La Trobe University, Victoria
    John Wiltshire is Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Victoria. He specialises in later eighteenth-century literature and is the author of among other books Samuel Johnson in the Medical World: The Doctor and the Patient (Cambridge, 1991), Jane Austen and the Body: The Picture of Health (Cambridge, 1992) and The Hidden Jane Austen (Cambridge, 2014).

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