Medical Fringe and Medical Orthodoxy 1750-1850, edited by W.F. Bynum and Roy Porter

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Medical Fringe and Medical Orthodoxy 1750-1850, edited by W.F. Bynum and Roy Porter
Medical Fringe and Medical Orthodoxy 1750-1850, edited by W.F. Bynum and Roy Porter

Published by Croom Helm in 1987, 274 pages, Hardback with Dust Jacket (S8295BWSO)

From the front inside fly leaf: Even as the professionalisation of medicine progressed, many sufferers continued to rely on what would now be termed "fringe" practitioners - quacks, backstreet surgeons, bone-setters, Thomsonian botanists, holists and naturalists. Many types of fringe medicine were popular in particular circles  or reflected the political or religious preoccupa­tions of their practitioners. Anti­ establishment radicals might favour natural medicine, Christian Scientists would reject all medical aid, "Physical Puritans" would concentrate on homeopathy, hydropathy and vegetarianism to create health rather than counter disease. Some diseases, particularly venereal ones, allowed practitioners to play unscrupulously on the guilt of their patients. The end of  the period saw professionalism establish itself in many areas, for example with the foundation in 1852 of the Pharmaceutical Society, and conflicts of fringe and orthodoxy became the fiercer.

The essays collected in this volume all present new research on this fascinating and diverse period in the history of medicine.


The condition of the book is generally very good. The dust jacket has some minor scuffs, and some light wear along the edges and corners, but the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.
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