Medicine, Health and the Public Sphere in Britain, 1600-2000

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Medicine is concerned with the most intimate aspects of private life. Yet it is also a focus for diverse forms of public organization and action. In this volume, an international team of scholars use the techniques of medical history to analyse the changing boundaries and constitution of the public sphere from early modernity to the present day.
In a series of detailed historical case studies, contributors examine the role of various public institutions - both formal and informal, voluntary and statutory - in organizing and coordinating collective action on medical matters. In so doing, they challenge the determinism and fatalism of Habermas's overarching and functionalist account of the rise and fall of the public sphere.
Of essential interest to historians and sociologists of medicine, this book will also be of value to historians of modern Britain, historical sociologists, and those engaged in studying the work of J├╝rgen Habermas.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Medicine, Health and the Public Sphere, Steve Sturdy

Part I. Public-Private Interactions
1. Public and Private Dilemmas: The College of Physicians in Early Modern London, Margaret Pelling
2. Producing the Public: Public Medicine in Private Spaces, Pamela K. Gilbert
3. "Should the Doctor Tell?" Medical Secrecy in Early Twentieth Century Britain, Andrew A. G. Morrice

Part II. Voluntary Institutions and the Public Sphere
4. The Birmingham General Hospital and its Public 1765-1779, Adrian Wilson
5. Between Separate Spheres: Medical Women, Moral Hygiene and the Edinburgh Hospital for Women and Children, Elaine Thomson
6. British Voluntary Hospitals and the Public Sphere: Contribution and Participation Before the National Health Service, Martin Gorsky, John Mohan and Martin Powell
7. Representing "the Public": Medicine, Charity and Emotion in Twentieth-Century Britain, David Cantor

Part III. The State and the Public Sphere
8. Policy, Powers and Practice: the Public Response to Public Health in the Scottish City, Deborah Brunton
9. Public Sphere to Public Health: the Transformation of "Nuisance", Christopher Hamlin
10. In the Beginning was the Lymph; the Hollowing of Stational Vaccination in England and Wales, 1840-98, Logie Barrow
11. The Shaping of a Public Environmental Sphere in Late Nineteenth-Century London, Bill Luckin
12. Alternative Publics: the Development of Government Policy on Personal Health Care 1905-1911, Steve Sturdy
13. Fertility Counts: from Equity to Outcome, Naomi Pfeffer

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