Medicine and society in Wakefield and Huddersfield, 1780-1870
Marland, Hilary (1984) Medicine and society in Wakefield and Huddersfield, 1780-1870. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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The thesis examines the formation and evolution of medical
provisions in Wakefield and Huddersfield between circa 1780 and
1870. The survey covers 'institutional' facilities, namely hospital and dispensary provisions and Poor Law medical services,
friendly society facilities for the sick and the development of
'fringe' or 'peripheral' medical practices. The thesis also
discusses the structural, professional and social development of
medical communities in the two towns.
A wide range of source material was utilised, to include
Poor Law material (pre- and post-1834), the records of friendly
societies and medical charities census returns, newspapers, trade
and medical directories and parliamentary reports and returns.
The use of such a combination of material gives a better indication
of the range of facilities available and their relative importance.
It will be suggested that the emphasis medical historians have
put on institutional provisions has been misplaced. The importance
of previously neglected options, the friendly society and 'peripheral'
forms of treatment, will be stressed. Leading on from this,
it is possible to suggest that self-help forms of medical relief
(compared with those 'provided' by the wealthy classes for the poor)
were of greater significance-than has previously been assumed.
An attempt has been made to place the development of medical
services against the backdrop of the communities that they evolved in.
The growth of institutional provisions and the progress of self-help
forms are linked to the organisation of the two communities, their
class structure and social, civic and economic developments. The
leading role of laymen in creating a demand for, and in the setting
up and evolution of, medical provisions has also been stressed.
It is hoped an analysis of these factors will lead to a clearer
understanding of how and why medical facilities developed-as they
did, and to a greater insight into the relationships between medicine
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Medical care -- England -- Wakefield -- History -- 18th century, Medical care -- England -- Wakefield -- History -- 19th century, Medical care -- England -- Huddersfield -- History -- 18th century, Medical care -- England -- Huddersfield -- History -- 19th century, Wakefield (England) -- Social conditions -- 18th century, Wakefield (England) -- Social conditions -- 19th century, Huddersfield (England) -- Social conditions -- 18th century, Huddersfield (England) -- Social conditions -- 19th century|
|Official Date:||September 1984|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Social History|
|Extent:||xiii, 626 leaves|
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