Medicine in the Making of Modern Britain, 1700-1920: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Medicine in the Making of Modern Britain, 1700-1920

1st Edition

By Christopher Lawrence


120 pages

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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

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