Performing Medicine: Medical Culture and Identity in Provincial England, c.1760-1850 by Michael Brown, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Performing Medicine: Medical Culture and Identity in Provincial England, c.1760-1850

Performing Medicine: Medical Culture and Identity in Provincial England, c.1760-1850

by Michael Brown
     
 

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When did medicine become modern? This book takes a fresh look at one of the most important questions in the history of medicine. It explores how the cultures, values and meanings of medicine were transformed across the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as its practitioners came to submerge their local identities as urbane and learned gentlemen

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When did medicine become modern? This book takes a fresh look at one of the most important questions in the history of medicine. It explores how the cultures, values and meanings of medicine were transformed across the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as its practitioners came to submerge their local identities as urbane and learned gentlemen into the ideal of a nationwide and scientifically-based medical profession. Moving beyond traditional accounts of professionalization, Performing Medicine demonstrates how visions of what medicine was and might be were shaped by wider social and political forces, from the eighteenth-century values of civic gentility to the radical and socially progressive ideologies of the age of reform.  Focusing on the provincial English city of York, it draws on a rich and wide-ranging archival record, including letters, diaries, newspapers and portraits, to reveal how these changes took place at the level of everyday practice, experience and representation.

Editorial Reviews

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"Performing Medicine' is a work of sophisticated research which presents a convincing account of the irrevocable changes to the cultures, values and meanings of medicine which occurred between 1760 and 1850" — Stephanie Snow, Reviews in History, 29/03/2012

Performing Medicine tells a surprisingly colourful tale economically and readably. It is a well-written book that illuminates many aspects of the social and cultural history of the greater transformation to which it was related. I recommend it.' — David Rollison, Metascience

"Performing Medicine is a theoretically sophisticated, carefully researched, and engagingly written account of medical culture and identity in provincial England from circa 1760 to 1850 ...Performing Medicine is an excellent addition to our knowledge of the making of modern medicine." — James Hanley, H-Albion, February 2013

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719077975
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
09/13/2011
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Brown is Senior Lecturer in History at Roehampton University.

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