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The Citizen-Patient in Revolutionary and Imperial Paris : Henry E. Sigerist Series in the History of Medicine - Dora B. Weiner

The Citizen-Patient in Revolutionary and Imperial Paris

Henry E. Sigerist Series in the History of Medicine

Paperback Published: 1st January 2002
ISBN: 9780801870026
Number Of Pages: 446
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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.

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Written with panache and conviction... A delight to read, packed full of valuable data, enlivened by a host of illustrations. * Social History of Medicine *
Weiner's book is a mine of gratifyingly concrete, often fascinating information... rich and compelling details. * Bulletin of the History of Medicine *
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. * Journal of Social History *
A goldmine of valuable information and interesting insight. * Medical History *

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Patient as Citizen and Paris as Modelp. 3
Tradition: The Grim Reality of the Old Regime
Enlightened Innovationp. 21
The Grim Reality of the Public Hospitalp. 45
Confrontation: Reform and Resistance
The Rights and Duties of Citizen-Patients and Citizen-Doctorsp. 79
The Caring Professionsp. 102
Institutions: The Citizen-Patient and the Hospital
The Outpatient: The Strategy of Medical Administratorsp. 133
The Inpatient: The Claims of Medical Sciencep. 166
Clinical Specialization: Children at Riskp. 191
Outreach: The Impaired Citizen-Patient
The Schooling and Health of the Deaf and Blindp. 225
Humane Treatment of the Mental Patientp. 247
Prospects: Hygiene and Prevention
The Citizen-Patient and the Environmentp. 281
Conclusion: The Politics of Healthp. 304
Appendix A: Legislative Proposalsp. 321
Appendix B: Concordance of the Republican and Gregorian Calendarsp. 328
Appendix C: Supplementary Tablesp. 330
Bibliographic Essayp. 333
List of Abbreviations and Acronymsp. 367
Notesp. 369
Indexp. 435
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ISBN: 9780801870026
ISBN-10: 080187002X
Series: Henry E. Sigerist Series in the History of Medicine
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 446
Published: 1st January 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.55  x 2.95
Weight (kg): 0.74