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Medicine, health and the public sphere in Britain, 1600-2000

Medicine, health and the public sphere in Britain, 1600-2000

Sturdy, Steve

Medicine is concerned with the most intimate aspects of private life. Yet it is also a focus for diverse forms of public organization and action. In this volume, an international team of scholars use the techniques of medical history to analyse the changing boundaries and constitution of the public sphere from early modernity to the present day.In a series of detailed historical case studies, contributors examine the role of various public institutions - both formal and informal, voluntary and statutory - in organizing and coordinating collective action on medical matters. In so doing, they challenge the determinism and fatalism of Habermas's overarching and functionalist account of the rise and fall of the public sphere.Of essential interest to historians and sociologists of medicine, this book will also be of value to historians of modern Britain, historical sociologists, and those engaged in studying the work of Jürgen Habermas

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Published London: Routledge, 2002
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Steve Sturdy
ISBN: 0203520173, 9780203520178, 9780415279062
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Formerly CIP.
Physical Description: xiii, 290 p. : ill.
Series: Routledge studies in the social history of medicine ; 16
Subject: Medical sociology; Health; Great Britain Social conditions History.; Social medicine Great Britain History.; Great Britain; Medicine
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form.


  1. Steve SturdyIntroduction: Medicine, Health and the Public Sphere
  2. Part I: Public-Private Interactions
  3. 1. Margaret PellingPublic and Private Dilemmas: the College of Physicians in Early Modern London
  4. 2. Pamela K. GilbertProducing the Public: Public Medicine in Private Spaces
  5. 3. Andrew A. G. Morrice'Should the Doctor Tell?' Medical Secrecy in Early Twentieth Century Britain
  6. Part II: Voluntary Institutions and the Public Sphere
  7. 4. Adrian WilsonThe Birmingham General Hospital and its Public 1765-1779
  8. 5. Elaine ThomsonBetween Separate Spheres: Medical Women, Moral Hygiene and the Edinburgh Hospital for Women and Children
  9. 6. Martin Gorsky, John Mohanand Martin PowellBritish Voluntary Hospitals and the Public Sphere: Contribution and Participation Before the National Health Service
  10. 7. David CantorRepresenting 'the Public': Medicine, Charity and Emotion in Twentieth-Century Britain
  11. Part III: The State and the Public Sphere
  12. 8. Deborah BruntonPolicy, Powers and Practice: the Public Response to Public Health in the Scottish City
  13. 9. Christopher HamlinPublic Sphere to Public Health: the Transformation of 'Nuisance'
  14. 10. Logie BarrowIn the Beginning was the Lymph; the Hollowing of Stational Vaccination in England and Wales, 1840-98
  15. 11. Bill LuckinThe Shaping of a Public Environmental Sphere in Late Nineteenth-Century London
  16. 12. Steve SturdyAlternative Publics: the Development of Government Policy on Personal Health Care 1905-1911
  17. 13. Naomi PfefferFertility Counts: from Equity to Outcome