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Medicine in Society Historical Essays

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ISBN-10: 0521336392

ISBN-13: 9780521336390

Edition: 1992

Authors: Andrew Wear

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The social history of medicine over the past fifteen years has redrawn the boundaries of medical history. Specialized papers and monographs have contributed to our knowledge of how medicine has affected society and how society has shaped medicine. This book synthesizes, through a series of essays, some of the most significant findings of this "new social history" of medicine. The period covered ranges from ancient Greece to the present time. While coverage is not exhaustive, the reader is able to trace how medicine in the West developed from an unlicensed open market place, with many different types of practitioners in the classical period, to the nineteenth- and twentieth-century professionalized medicine of State influence, of hospitals, public health medicine, and scientific medicine. The book also covers innovative topics such as patient-doctor relationships, the history of the asylum, and the demographic background to the history of medicine.
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Book details

List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/27/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Introduction
Healers in the medical market place: towards a social history of Graeco-Roman medicine
Medicine and society in medieval Europe, 500-1500
The patient in England, c. 1660-c. 1800
Making sense of health and the environment in early modern England
Medicine in the age of Enlightenment
The rise of the modern hospital in Britain
Medical practitioners 1750-1850 and the period of medical reform in Britain
Public health, preventive medicine and professionalization: England and America in the nineteenth century
Madness and its institutions
From infectious to chronic diseases: changing patterns of sickness in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Providers, 'consumers', the state and the delivery of health care services in twentieth-century Britain
The implications of increased life expectancy for family and social life
Index