Medicine in Modern Britain 1780-1950 provides an introduction to the development of medicine - scientific and heterodox, domestic and professional - in Britain from the end of the early modern period and through modern times. Divided thematically, each chapter within this book addresses a different aspect of medicine, covering diseases, ideas, practices, institutions, practitioners and the state.
This book centres on an era of rapid and profound change in medicine and gives students all they need to establish a solid understanding of the history of medicine in Britain, by offering a clear and coherent narrative of the changes and continuities in medicine, including names, dates, events and ideas. Each aspect of medicine discussed within the book is explored and contextualised, providing an overview of the wider social and political background that surrounded them. The chapters are followed by a documents section, containing important primary sources to encourage students to engage with original material.
With a selection of images, tables, a who's who of all the key people discussed and a glossary of terms, Medicine in Modern Britain 1780-1950 is essential reading for all students of the history of medicine in Britian.
Deborah Brunton was a senior lecturer in the History of Medicine at The Open University. Her previous publications include Health and Wellness in the Nineteenth Century (2014), The Politics of Vaccination. Practice and Policy in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, 1800-1874 (2008), Medicine Transformed: Health, Disease and Society in Europe 1800-1930 (2004) and Health, Disease and Society in Europe 1800-1930: A Sourcebook (2004).
List of figures and tables Chronology Who's who Part I 1. Introduction Part II: Narrative 2. Disease in modern Britain Disease and death The epidemiological transition Measuring morbidity Why did patterns of disease change? 3. Medical ideas The emergence of hospital medicine Laboratory medicine Laboratory and clinic Beyond the biological Heterodox medicine 4. Medical practices The pursuit of health Domestic medicine Medical practitioners Consuming medicine 5. Medical care in institutions Voluntary hospitals and dispensaries Poor Law hospitals Fever hospitals and tuberculosis sanatoria Hospitals and dispensaries in Ireland Asylums 6. Medical practitioners Making a medical living Excluding competitors Nursing 7. Health and the state Sanitary reform Public health Welfare Government medical care Part Three: Assessment 8. Medicine in modern Britain: change, continuity, variation Part Four: Documents Document 1. Description of fevers Document 2. Victims of cholera Document 3. The Spanish Flu Document 4. The increase in cancer Document 5. Variations in mortality Document 6. The health of working class women Document 7. The action of fever Document 8. Pathological changes in the lung Document 9. The technical language of medicine Document 10. The physiology of the kidney Document 11: The benefits of physiological research Document 12. A holistic view of the body Document 13: The benefits of exercise Document 14. Health and sunlight Document 15: Domestic remedies Document 16: Patent medicines Document 17. Hydropathic treatment Document 18: Treatment of heart disease Document 19. The experience of surgery Document 20. An appeal for funds Document 21. Rules from Huddersfield Infirmary Document 22. Hospital design Document 23. The patient's experience Document 24. Asylum design Document 25: Medical training in London Document 26. Setting up in practice Document 27. Unity in the profession Document 28. Opposition to the Colleges Document 29. Opposition to homeopaths Document 30. Opposition to women doctors Document 31. Nurse training Document 32. Insanitary conditions in cities Document 33. Public health in central and local government Document 34. Health education Document 35 The work of the Medical Officer of Health Document 36. The cause of infant mortality Document 37. The new National Health Service References Glossary Further Reading Index