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The Citizen-Patient in Revolutionary and Imperial Paris
     

The Citizen-Patient in Revolutionary and Imperial Paris

by Dora B. Weiner
 
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

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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.

Author Biography 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.

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801844836
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1993
Series:
The Henry E. Sigerist Series in the History of Medicine
Pages:
444
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.27(h) x 1.42(d)

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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.

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