In his short but authoritative study, Roy Porter assesses the impact of disease on the English before the widespread availability and public provision of medical care, incorporating into the revised edition new perspectives offered by recent research. He examines the medical profession, attitudes to doctors and disease, and the development of state involvement in public health. Drawing together much fragmentary material and providing a detailed bibliography, this book is an important guide to the history of medicine and to English social history.
Introduction to the 2nd edition; Introduction; 1. Disease, death and doctors in Tudor and Stuart England; 2. The practice of medicine in early modern England; 3. Experience and actions: countering illness in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; 4. Medicine and the market economy of the Georgian century; 5. The medical profession and the state in the nineteenth century; 6. The role of medicine: what did it achieve?; Select bibliography; Index.