Medicine and the Market in England and its Colonies, c. by Mark S. R. Jenner, Patrick Wallis (eds.)

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H. M. Dingwall, Physicians, Surgeons and Apothecaries (Edinburgh, 1995). Opinion on their relevance for the late eighteenth century is divided: M. Brown, ‘From the Doctors’ Club to the Medical Society: Medicine, Gentility and Social Space in York, 1780–1840’, in M. Hallett & J. Rendall eds, EighteenthCentury York (York, 2003); S. Lawrence, Charitable Knowledge (Cambridge, 1996); A. Digby, Making a Medical Living (Cambridge, 1994); I. Loudon, Medical Care and the General Practitioner 1750–1850 (Oxford, 1986); L.

89 A full account of the English medical marketplace between the fifteenth and the early nineteenth century must similarly take account of the many other sources of medical demand, such as the state, hospitals, the military and naval establishments,90 and, above all perhaps, parochial and poor law provision, topics which we have only been able to touch on in this volume. Such a comprehensive account of the many kinds of economic exchange which paid for medical assistance would amplify the central messages Mark S.

33 However, this straightforward cash-for-treatment relationship was one of mutual mistrust, and also earned physicians their reputation for greed. Medicines for wealthy patrons frequently contained more expensive ingredients than their equivalents for poor patients. 34 The Italian practitioner Gabriele Zerbi justified setting a high fee by claiming that it bestowed more authority on the healer, and that everyone involved ‘will make an effort to obey him in order not to waste the money paid, and the patient will heal more quickly’.

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