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The Physician-Legislators of France: Medicine and Politics in the Early Third Republic, 1870-1914
     

The Physician-Legislators of France: Medicine and Politics in the Early Third Republic, 1870-1914

by Jack D. Ellis
 

ISBN-10: 0521382084

ISBN-13: 9780521382083

Pub. Date: 09/28/1990

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Between the birth of the Third Republic and the outbreak of World War I, French medical doctors gained a far-reaching influence over the political life of their country, serving as mayors on the local level and ranking second only to lawyers in parliament. Their frequent medical contact with the people served as the foundation for their political success. In this

Overview

Between the birth of the Third Republic and the outbreak of World War I, French medical doctors gained a far-reaching influence over the political life of their country, serving as mayors on the local level and ranking second only to lawyers in parliament. Their frequent medical contact with the people served as the foundation for their political success. In this volume Ellis explores the causes and significance of this phenomenon by examining the careers of the members of parliament who held degrees in medicine. It is the first book to deal explicitly with the backgrounds and careers of the physician-legislators, and uses a wealth of previously untapped sources. This study places medical history within a larger political framework and will be of interest to all concerned with modern French and European history, the social history of medicine, and the evolution of the professions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521382083
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1990
Series:
Cambridge Studies in the History of Medicine Series
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables and graphs; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. At the Local Level: 1. The social formation of the physician-legislators; 2. Early medical careers; 3. Early political careers; Part II. In Parliament: 4. Patterns of medico-political careers in Parliament; 5. Reform of the medical profession; 6. Defence of the people's health; 7. The social problem; Conclusion and epilogue; Appendix A. Professors of medicine in parliament; Appendix B. The legislative record of doctors; Appendix C. Medical membership on the committee of public hygiene of the chamber; Bibliography; Glossary; Index.

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