Introduction
in Medical misadventure in an age of professionalisation, 1780–1890
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book addresses a range of the financial, professional, and personal challenges that faced and sometimes defeated the aspiring medical men of England and Wales. It establishes that there was certainly a new urgency to intra-professional relations and economic motivations by the 1830s, and that marketplace relations were not wholly superseded by 'professionalisation' at any point in the nineteenth century. The early nineteenth century saw masculinity become more strongly associated with privacy than sociability. The book analyses the fates of practitioners who struggled to manage their collegial duties in relation to their own and their patients' best interests. It considers the full span of years but the case studies of individual men are concentrated within 1805-55.

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