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