This book explores medical and health periodicals of the nineteenth century: their contemporary significance, their readership, and how historians have approached them as objects of study.

From debates about women doctors in lesser-known titles such as the Medical Mirror, to the formation of professional medical communities within French and Portuguese periodicals, the contributors to this volume highlight the multi-faceted nature of these publications as well as their uses to the historian. Medical periodicals – far from being the preserve of doctors and nurses – were also read by the general public. Thus, the contributions collected here will be of interest not only to the historian of medicine, but also to those interested in nineteenth-century periodical culture more broadly.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal Media History.

chapter |28 pages

Shaping Doctors and Society

The Portuguese Medical Press (1880–1926)

chapter |15 pages

‘Bicycle-Face’ and ‘Lawn Tennis’ Girls

Debating girls’ health in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British periodicals