Myth and (Mis)information: Constructing the Medical Professions in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century English Literature and Culture

Allan Ingram (Editor), Clark Lawlor (Editor), Helen Williams (Editor)

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Abstract

This collection draws together original scholarship from international contributors on a range of aspects of professional and semi-professional medical work and its relations to British culture. It combines a diverse spectrum of scholarly approaches, from medical history to book history, exploring literary and scientific texts, such as satiric poetry, essays, anatomies, advertisements, and the novel, to shed light on the mythologisation and transmission of medical (mis)information through literature and popular culture. It analyses the persuasive and sometimes deceptive means by which myths, as well as information and beliefs, about medicine and the medical professions proliferated in English literary culture of this period, from early eighteenth-century household remedies to the late nineteenth-century concerns with vaccination that are still relevant today.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages320
ISBN (Electronic)9781526166838
ISBN (Print)9781526166821
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2024

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