This book provides a comprehensive over view of eighteenth-century British medical reform, but as an economic historian, Buer considered the effect of diseases and medical intervention on population growth, not on medical ideas. Other optimistic views of the century either focused, like Buer, on the 'standard of living debate' or a related debate about the role (if any) of hospitals and public health measures in reducing mortality during the industrial revolution, giving only pasing attention to disease theory.
Table of Contents
I. Introduction II. Vital Statistics III. Population Statistics, Birth and Death Rates IV. Individualism and Laisser Faire V. The Growth of Commerce VI. Agriculture VII. Improvement of Towns VIII. Water Supply and Drainage IX. The 18th Century Doctor and the British Pioneers of Public Health X. The hospital and Dispensary Movement XI. General Hygiene and Midwifery XII. Rickets and Scurvy XIII. Antiseptics, segregation, Leprosy and Plague XIV. Smallpox in the 18th Century XV. The Anti-Typhus Campaign and the Fever Hospital Movement XVI. Malaria XVII. Period 1815-1848 XVIII. Conclusion Appendix Index
Mabel Craven Buer (1881-1942), Independent Lecturer in Economics at Reading Univeristy.