Health, Medicine, and Society in Victorian England

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CHRONOLOGY
1764Braidwood Academy, first school (private) for deaf-mutes in Britain, founded.
1791Liverpool School for Indigent Blind founded.
1792London Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb founded.
1796Edward Jenner introduces cowpox vaccination to prevent smallpox.
1801Egyptian Ophthalmia, contagious eye infection that could cause blindness, contracted by British soldiers fighting in Napoleonic wars in Egypt.
1815Apothecaries Act sets national (England and Wales) standards for licensing of apothecaries.
1819Stethoscope invented.
1823The Lancet, first medical journal in England, founded by Thomas Wakley.
1831–32First cholera epidemic in Britain.
1832Anatomy Act empowers medical schools to appropriate unclaimed bodies.
1836University of London founded, offers medical degrees that combine academic instruction with clinical practice in medicine.
1840Vaccination Act makes vaccination free as administered by Poor Law medical officers.
1846Anesthesia introduced to Britain.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Series Foreword ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Chronology xv
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Practitioners and Patients in Victorian England 9
  • 2 - Cholera 34
  • 3 - Tuberculosis 54
  • 5 - Smallpox 91
  • 6 - Deafness 108
  • 7 - Blindness 128
  • 8 - Victorian Women as Patients and Practitioners 149
  • Glossary 177
  • Notes 181
  • Bibliography 193
  • Index 203
  • About the Author 215
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