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The Making of the "English Patient": A Guide to Sources for the Social History of Medicine Hardcover – 23 Nov 2000

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd; 1st Edition edition (23 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750921455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750921459
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 1.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Joan Lane, formerly a Wellcome Research Fellow, is Senior Teaching Fellow in modern British, local and medical history at the University of Warwick, and General Editor of the Dugdale Society. She is the author of Apprenticeship in England, 1600-1914 (UCL, 1996) and John Hall and his Patients (Sutton, 1996), and has contributed numerous articles to books and journals including Medical History and Country Life. She lives in Leamington Spa. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
This book sets out from the start to present medical treatment from the patients viewpoint rather than the doctors or surgeons. In that rspect it is both unique and very successful. There are many contemporay accounts available giving medical details from the experts themseves but the patients experence is as rare as hens teeth. This is designed as a guide to available sources but has 23 illustrations and includes numerous contemporay quotes from the various reference sources that would be unavailable to anyone exept an expert researcher.
I have read medical texts from this period and as one example of the immediate value of this reference source I would quote the numerous mentions of patients requiring the services of man-midwives (and suggesting this was a norm or certainly quite commonplace) whilst the medical texts suggest this was a very rare (and possibly unseemly) choice for any trained medical man in the period covered. It makes me want to know more !
There is information on the cost of apprenticeships which make modern University fees look a real bargain while the cost of medicines make the 'free' NHS appear a godsend.
Anyone interested in the social side of medicine would find in this book a wealth of contemporary information to whet the appetite followed by a comprehensive set of reference sources should they wish to dig deeper.
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Format: Paperback
This book is full of interesting quotations beginning with remarks from medical students and their training experiences ( how much their families had to pay a surgeon-apothecary to what they had to do ) to patients and their illnesses ( though there are not many ).
Most quotes come from the doctors themselves and all quotations have an historical backward about the person who wrote it and researched finely by Joan Lane.
I'm giving it a four as it lacks illustrations and also if there was any quotations from the surgeons themselves in the way they carried out their surgery and demonstrations to students. The book does portray itself to be a fine read centred around the late 18th century to late 19th century and if you are thinking of buying this book - don't hesitate. It is up to you!
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