Re-reading medical trade catalogs : the use of professional advertising in British medical practice, 1870-1914
Jones, Claire Louise. (2012) Re-reading medical trade catalogs : the use of professional advertising in British medical practice, 1870-1914. Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Vol.86 (No.12). pp. 361-393. ISSN 0007-5140Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/bhm.2012.0056
This article explores how medical practitioners read, used, and experienced medical trade catalogs in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Britain. Reader responses to the catalog, a book-like publication promoting medical tools, appliances, and pharmaceuticals, have been chronically understudied, as have professional reading practices within medicine more generally. Yet, evidence suggests that clinicians frequently used the catalog and did so in three main ways: to order medical products, to acquire new information about these products, and to display their own product endorsements and product designs. The seemingly widespread nature of these practices demonstrates an individual and collective professional desire to improve medical practice and highlights the importance of studying professional reading practices in the cultural history of medicine.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > D History (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History
Faculty of Arts > History > Centre for the History of Medicine
|Journal or Publication Title:||Bulletin of the History of Medicine|
|Publisher:||The Johns Hopkins University Press|
|Page Range:||pp. 361-393|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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