Christopher Lawrence's critical overview of medicine's place in the development of modern Britain examines the significance of the clinical encounter in contemporary society.
* first short synoptic study of its kind
* breaks new ground by bringing together specialised scholarship into a broad argument
* shows how the medical profession created a very specific role for itself
* relates medicine to general social policy
`In sparse, lively prose it condenses much of our present wisdom about the dynamics of medicine in Britain from 1750 to the twentieth century. … Students will find here the tightest and most insightful survey available; practising hitorians will find much that is stimulating and challenging, as well as handy and well-referenced.' - John Pickstone BU for History of Science
`The book fulfils its title, and can be recommended to anyone is search of an informatieve and stimulating introduction to the crucial interactions of medicine and culture since 1700.' - Social History
`Much is done in so short a book - a remarkable amount of substantive history thoughtful analysis, and provocative suggestions. It is a welcome contribution, and deserves to be widely read and much discussed.' - Social History & Medicine