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Poverty, Disease and Medicine, 1500-1800

Poverty, Disease and Medicine, 1500-1800

This course covers the history of poverty, disease and medicine broadly defined between 1500 and 1800. It will not provide a conventional ‘history of medicinal advances or gadgets’ but will provide a history of all manner of medical practitioners, as well as infirmary, dispensary and hospital provision. Despite tripartite divisions between physicians, surgeons and apothecaries there was an active ‘medical market place’ during this period.

The course will place the development of the medical ‘profession’ within the context of high mortality rates from a wide range of diseases in the early modern period. The extent of poverty will be assessed, as will the extent of welfare provision (including medical assistance) for the poor through the Old Poor Law. We will also consider charitable provision, such as almshouses and voluntary hospitals.

1. Medical knowledge: disease, death and doctors
2. Plague, venereal disease and smallpox
3. Childbirth and midwifery
4. Madness
5. Death, mortality and the city
6. Charity
7. The Old Poor Law

Introductory reading BRUNDAGE, A

The English Poor Laws, 1700-1930

2002

ANDREWS J and SCULL A

Customers and patrons of the mad-trade: the management of lunacy in eighteenth-century London

2003

BEN-AMOS, I

The culture of giving: informal support and gift-exchange in early modern England: informal support and gift exchange in early modern England

2008

BYNUM, W.F. et al.

The Western Medical Tradition, 1800 to 2000

2006

CHURCHILL, W

Female patients in early modern Britain: gender, diagnosis and treatment

2012

DIGBY, A

Making a Medical Living: Doctors and Patients in the English Market for Medicine, 1720-1911

1994

DOBSON, M

Contours of death and disease in early modern England

1997

HINDLE, S

On the Parish? The Micro-Politics of Poor Relief in Rural England c.1550-1750

2004

KING, S

Poverty and welfare in England 1700-1850: a regional perspective

2000

LOUDON, I

Medical Care and the General Practitioner 1750-1850

1986

McINTOSH, M K

Poor relief in England 1350-1600

2012

NEWTON, H

The sick child in early modern England

2012

PELLING, M

The common lot: sickness, medical occupations and the urban poor in early modern England

1998

PELLING, M

Medical conflicts in early modern London: patronage, physicians and irregular practitioners 1550-1640

2003

PORTER, R

Disease, Medicine and Society in England, 1550-1860

2nd ed, 1993, 1995

PORTER D & PORTER R

Patient’s Progress: Doctors and Doctoring in Eighteenth-Century England

1989

PORTER, R

The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity from Antiquity to the

Present

1997

SIENA, K P

Venereal disease, hospitals and the urban poor: London’s foul wards 1600-1800

2004

SLACK, P

Poverty and policy in Tudor and Stuart England

1988

SLACK, P

The impact of plague

1985