Hospital Pupils and Practitioners in Eighteenth-Century London
By (author) Susan C. Lawrence
Series edited by Charles E. Rosenberg Colin A. Jones
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Charitable Knowledge by Susan C. Lawrence
Book DescriptionCharitable Knowledge explores the interconnections between medical teaching, medical knowledge, and medical authority in eighteenth-century London. The metropolis lacked a university until the nineteenth century, so the seven major voluntary hospitals - St Bartholomew's, St Thomas's, Guy's, the Westminster, St George's, the Middlesex, and the London - were crucial sites for educating surgeons, surgeon-apothecaries, and visiting physicians. Lawrence explains how charity patients became teaching objects, and how hospitals became medical schools. She demonstrates that hospital practitioners gradually gained authority within an emerging medical community, transforming the old tripartite structure into a loosely unified group of de facto general practitioners dominated by hospital men. As hospital physicians and surgeons became the new elite, they profoundly shaped what counted as 'good' knowledge among medical men, both in the construction of clinical observations and in the proper use of science.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521525183
(228mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Jun-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Charitable Knowledge explores the formation of the teaching hospital in eighteenth-century London.
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