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The march of intellect
Social progressivism and the transformation of provincial medicine
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In York, many medical practitioners involved themselves in the provincial scientific movement, witnessed by the growth of literary and philosophical societies, provincial museums and mechanics' institutes. It begins by exploring the extent and significance of medical involvement in one of the city's most important cultural institutions, the Yorkshire Philosophical Society (YPS). In practice, the cultural and political profile of the YPS can be located somewhere between the alternative visions of science as socially progressive or as a polite, literary activity. The example of French medicine exerted a particularly forceful influence over debates about body-snatching and anatomical dissection in Britain. The disappearance of medicine from the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS) was not so much an indication of the marginality of medical knowledge as it was the final marker in a process of intellectual disaggregation.

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Performing medicine

Medical culture and identity in provincial England, c.1760–1850


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