Making a Medical Living: Doctors and Patients in the English Market for Medicine, 1720-1911

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 6, 2002 - Medical - 372 pages
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How did doctors make a living? Making a medical market explores the neglected socio- economic history of medical practice, beginning with the first voluntary hospital in 1720 and ending with national health insurance in 1911. It looks at public appointments in hospitals and dispensaries, office under public welfare systems, and at private practice. In this innovative study, Anne Digby makes use of new sources of information, looks at ordinary rather than élite doctors, and analyses provincial rather than metropolitan practice.From the mid-eighteenth century medicine became more commercialised; doctors travelled to see ordinary patients, developed specialisms, and were entrepreneurial in expanding institutional forms of health care. This entrepreneurial activity helped shape English medicine into a distinctive pattern of general and specialist practice, and of public and private health care.
 

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Contents

Medical practitioners
11
The context of practice
39
Medical encounters
69
The economic dimensions of practice
105
The creation of a surgical general practice
107
The GP and the goal of prosperity
135
Physicians
170
Patients and doctors
197
Office altruism and poor patients
224
Expanding practice with women and child patients
254
Synthesis
297
Reflections
299
Select bibliography
317
Index of medical names
338
General index
341
Copyright

Medicalisation and affluent patients
199

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