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Unlike most histories of the medical profession between 1750 and 1850, which focus on a small handful of famous doctors and their discoveries, this book concentrates on the neglected but far larger group of rank and file practitioners: the surgeon-apothecaries of the late 18th century and the general practitioners of the early 19th century. Delving into an array of manuscript sources, Loudon examines their social and economic status, their background and training, their scientific methods and medical challenges, and their patients and pay-scales. He demonstrates that they actually faced unparalleled intraprofessional rivalry in an overcrowded profession during these years -- the effects of which are still seen in the structure of Britain's medical establishment today.
'a formidably well marshalled array of fact. Painstakingly researched and pleasantly written ... Though statistical and scientific in its approach, the book is far from dull ... Dr Loudon is to be congratulated on a valuable and eminently readable contribution to the sociology of medicine. It should be tead by anyone interested in finding out how we became what we are.' British Medical Journal
'This book is fascinating. It is also a work of very considerable scholarship ... Irvine Loudon can be proud of this book and the Clarendon Press have produced it beautifully.' The Lancet
'Irvine Loudon has written an important book and one that is already a standard reference for discussion of eighteen- and nineteenth-century English medicine. Loudon's significant contribution to our understanding of the medical profession and medical practice in England deserves a wide audience.'
Caroline Hannaway, Johns Hopkins University, Bulletin of the History of Medicine
The Predecessors of the General Practitioners. 750-1810
Practitioners, Regular and Irregular
Background and Education
Physic and Pharmacy
Surgery and Obstetrics
The Eighteenth-Century Practitioner: His Income and Practice
Medical Reform and the Creation of the General Practitioner 1794-1850
The Rise of the Druggist and Medical Reform
The Association of Apothecaries and Surgeon-Apothecaries and the Apothecaries Act of 1815
The Consequences of the Apothecaries Act
The Status of the General Practitioner
The Number of Medical Practitioners, Their Qualifications and Appointments
Practice and Income: The Poor Law Medical Services
Practice and Income: Private Practice and Other Sources; Total Income
The General Practitioner as Family Doctor; Medical Societies and Associations
Postscript: The Medical Act of 1858
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ISBN: 9780198227939 ISBN-10: 0198227930 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 420 Published: 18th December 1986 Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.6