Medicine is concerned with the most intimate aspects of private life. Yet it is also a focus for diverse forms of public organization and action. In this volume, an international team of scholars use the techniques of medical history to analyse the changing boundaries and constitution of the public sphere from early modernity to the present day.
In a series of detailed historical case studies, contributors examine the role of various public institutions - both formal and informal, voluntary and statutory - in organizing and coordinating collective action on medical matters. In so doing, they challenge the determinism and fatalism of Habermas's overarching and functionalist account of the rise and fall of the public sphere.
Of essential interest to historians and sociologists of medicine, this book will also be of value to historians of modern Britain, historical sociologists, and those engaged in studying the work of Jürgen Habermas.

chapter |24 pages


Medicine, health and the public sphere
BySteve Sturdy

part I|58 pages

Public-private interactions

chapter 1|16 pages

Public and private dilemmas

The College of Physicians in early modern London
ByMargaret Pelling

chapter 2|17 pages

Producing the public

Public medicine in private spaces
ByPamela K. Gilbert

chapter 3|23 pages

‘Should the doctor tell?'

Medical secrecy in early twentieth-century Britain
ByAndrew A.G. Morrice

part II|86 pages

Voluntary institutions and the public sphere

chapter 4|22 pages

The Birmingham General Hospital and its public, 1765–79

ByAdrian Wilson

chapter 5|16 pages

Between separate spheres

Medical women, moral hygiene and the Edinburgh Hospital for Women and Children
ByElaine Thomson

chapter 6|22 pages

British voluntary hospitals and the public sphere *

Contribution and participation before the National Health Service
ByMartin Gorsky, Martin Powell, John Mohan

chapter 7|24 pages

Representing ‘the public'

Medicine, charity and emotion in twentieth-century Britain
ByDavid Cantor

part III|110 pages

The state and the public sphere

chapter 8|18 pages

Policy, powers and practice

The public response to public health in the Scottish city
ByDeborah Brunton

chapter 9|16 pages

Public sphere to public health

The transformation of ‘nuisance'
ByChristopher Hamlin

chapter 10|19 pages

In the beginning was the lymph

The hollowing of stational vaccination in England and Wales, 1840–98
ByLogie Barrow

chapter 12|19 pages

Alternative publics

The development of government policy on personal health care, 1905–11
BySteve Sturdy

chapter 13|19 pages

Fertility counts

From equity to outcome
ByNaomi Pfeffer