Citizen-Patient In Revolutionary And Imperial Paris / Edition 1

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Overview

In The Citizen-Patient in Revolutionary and Imperial Paris, Dora B. Weiner examines the experiences of the sick and handicapped indigent men, women, and children in Paris during the French Revolution and Empire. Weiner argues that significant groups of Revolutionary physicians and reformers interpreted equality to include every citizen's right to health care. These reformers faced political, religious, and professional opposition, and daunting problems of funding. And they needed the participation of the poor as "citizen-patients," patients with both rights and duties, who acted as responsible partners in the pursuit and maintenance of public and personal health.

Weiner surveys the 20,000 patients institutionalized in twenty Paris hospitals and hospices and explains how the Revolution changed the status and work of nurses, pharmacists, midwives, and students, as well as doctors. Clinical teaching, professional specialization, and approaches to public health were all affected. Weiner emphasizes health care for children, deaf and blind people, and mentally ill patients and underscores the role of women as administrators and dispensers of hospital care.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Examines experiences of sick/indigent people during French Revol., 1789-1815, and reformers' belief in right to care.

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Editorial Reviews

Social History of Medicine

Written with panache and conviction... A delight to read, packed full of valuable data, enlivened by a host of illustrations.

Bulletin of the History of Medicine

Weiner's book is a mine of gratifyingly concrete, often fascinating information... rich and compelling details.

Journal of Social History

This is history of the highest quality; it shows the hard work of years of archival research as well as familiarity with the interpretive literature in a variety of intersecting fields.

Medical History

A goldmine of valuable information and interesting insight.

Social History of Medicine
Written with panache and conviction . . . A delight to read,packed full of valuable data,enlivened by a host of illustrations.
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Weiner's book is a mine of gratifyingly concrete,often fascinating information . . . rich and compelling details.
Journal of Social History
This is history of the highest quality; it shows the hard work of years of archival research as well as familiarity with the interpretive literature in a variety of intersecting fields.
Medical History
A goldmine of valuable information and interesting insight.
Booknews
Weiner (medical humanities, U. of California, Los Angeles) argues that in revolutionary France and the subsequent Napoleonic empire, some physicians took the concept of equality so far as to believe that everyone had a right to health care. She explores the struggle of the reformers against political, religious, and professional opposition, their constant scrabbling for funding, and the health care actually received by sick and disabled indigent men, women, and children. The topic is certainly germane to the 1990s. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801870026
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Series: Henry E. Sigerist Series in the History of Medicine
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 1.03 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dora B. Weiner is professor of the medical humanities and History at UCLA. Her books include Raspail: Scientist and Reformer, The Clinical Training of Doctors: An Essay of 1793, Philippe Pinel (1745-1862) and an English edition of Jacques Tenon's Memoirs of Paris Hospitals.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Patient as Citizen and Paris as Model 3
Pt. I Tradition: The Grim Reality of the Old Regime
1 Enlightened Innovation 21
2 The Grim Reality of the Public Hospital 45
Pt. II Confrontation: Reform and Resistance
3 The Rights and Duties of Citizen-Patients and Citizen-Doctors 79
4 The Caring Professions 102
Pt. III Institutions: The Citizen-Patient and the Hospital
5 The Outpatient: The Strategy of Medical Administrators 133
6 The Inpatient: The Claims of Medical Science 166
7 Clinical Specialization: Children at Risk 191
Pt. IV Outreach: The Impaired Citizen-Patient
8 The Schooling and Health of the Deaf and Blind 225
9 Humane Treatment of the Mental Patient 247
Pt. V Prospects: Hygiene and Prevention
10 The Citizen-Patient and the Environment 281
Conclusion: The Politics of Health 304
Appendix A: Legislative Proposals 321
Appendix B: Concordance of the Republican and Gregorian Calendars 328
Appendix C: Supplementary Tables 330
Bibliographic Essay 333
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms 367
Notes 369
Index 435
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