Medical Conflicts in Early Modern London (Oxford Studies in Social History Series): Patronage, Physicians, and Irregular Practitioners 1550-1640

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This is the first comprehensive analysis of the best single record we have which details the many medical practitioners in early modern London. It reveals the attitudes and realities in the conflict between the College of Physicians and the practitioners, whom the College regarded as illicit or irregular. In so doing, the book challenges the assumptions we make about the dominant professional values of modern western society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199257805
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Series: Oxford Studies in Social History Series
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Conventions
List of Figures and Tables
1 Introduction: The College and the Middling Sort 1
2 Anatomy of an Anxious Institution: Plague and Seasonality 25
3 Censorial Activity: The Burdens of Officebearing 57
4 Initiation and Pursuit: Sources of Information for a Capital in Flux 84
5 Irregular Practitioners: A Wilderness of Mirrors 136
6 Gender Compromises: The Female Practitioner and her Connections 189
7 Active Patients: Patrons and Parties to Contract 225
8 The Effects of Confrontation: Demeanour, Penalties, and Patronage 275
9 Conclusions: Defining the Majority 332
App. A Biographical Index of Medical Practitioners, 1500-1640 344
App. B CPL Database 346
App. C Contracts 349
App. D London Parishes 351
Select Bibliography 354
Index 385
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