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Medical Lives in the Age of Surgical Revolution

Medical Lives in the Age of Surgical Revolution

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

  • Date Published: April 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521835480

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  • This book is an unusual history of doctors trained in Britain in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, and their careers in Britain and the empire. Anne Crowther and Marguerite Dupree describe the experience of a whole generation of doctors at a time of rapid changes in medical knowledge. Amongst them were Sophia Jex-Blake and the first group of medical women in Britain. Many became disciples of Joseph Lister as he trained them in his new methods of antiseptic surgery. Surgery was not confined to specialists, and Lister's methods were adapted to suit hospitals and households, peace and war. The medical schools were tools of the Empire, sending students into general practice, military service, the mission fields, high-class consultancies and homeopathy in many lands. The book highlights the importance of medical networks - both male and female - and shows how doctors adapted to new methods in their profession.

    • A wide-ranging perspective on the role of medical men and women in the British empire
    • A comprehensive study in the role of women in the history of the medical profession
    • Will appeal to scholars in medical history, empire history, social history, demographic history, gender studies, sociology
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    "This book is groundbreaking in its scope. No other study in the field of the history of medicine has attempted to trace the spread of a medical theory through a cohort of particular individuals as they traveled across the globe." - Elizabeth Todd, H-Albion

    ''fascinating and important book" -The Scotsman

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    • Date Published: April 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521835480
    • length: 446 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.87kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of tables
    Acknowledgements
    Abbreviations
    Introduction
    1. Arrivals
    2. Student days: the shared experience of survival
    3. Joseph Lister and the teaching of surgery
    4. First steps: the first five years after qualification
    5. Jex-Blake's women: education and careers
    6. Varieties of practice
    7. Listerism in practice
    8. Lister's men abroad: settlers
    9. Lister's men abroad: imperialists, missionaries and enclaves
    10. Last days
    Conclusion
    Appendices
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Authors

    M. Anne Crowther, University of Glasgow

    Marguerite W. Dupree, University of Glasgow

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