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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting analysis of the doctor/patient relationship, 25 Oct 2001
This review is from: Patient's Progress: Doctors and Doctoring in Eighteenth-century England (Hardcover)
From the seventeenth to the advent of the Welfare state in the mid twentieth century, doctors and medicine operated with in the market economy. But it was not until the late eighteenth century that medical doctors became respectable. However, even then their word was not regarded as law as it is often today, thus the relationship between patient and doctors was lively and certainly not a straightforward one. Patients negotiated with the medical men on everything from the naming of their illness to its treatment. Many wealthy patients would play one doctor against another until they were happy with the answer or treatment they received. The authors use fascinating examples of this from actual diaries.
This is a lively and deeply interesting book which anyone wanting to know something of medicine and attitudes to medicine in the early modern period could do worse than read.
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