The second volume in the Studies for the Society for the Social History of Medicine has just been published

Catherine Kelly, War and the Militarization of British Army Medicine, 1793–1830

OUTLINE: During the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, British doctors travelled in unprecedented numbers to foreign locations where they were confronted with battlefield injuries, virulent and mysterious diseases, and complex military politics that few had encountered before. Drawing on rare manuscript sources, Kelly examines how nearly twenty-five years of sustained warfare affected the professional identity embraced by those doctors and thoroughly militarized their approach to medicine. This study demonstrates the emergence of the ‘military medical officer’ and places their work within the broader context of changes to British medicine during the first half of the nineteenth century.

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SERIES DETAILS: The series is concerned with all aspects of health, illness and medicine, from antiquity to the present, in all parts of the globe. Its interests include the circumstances that promote health or illness, the ways in which people experience and explain such conditions, and what, practically, they do about them. Practitioners of medicine, nursing, psychiatry, pharmacy, biomedical science and vernacular healing come within its ambit; as do hospitals and hospices, patients and politicians, priests and pill-pushers, wise-women and witches, and all concerned with medicine in its widest sense. Methodologically, the series welcomes approaches derived from social history, as well as relevant studies in economic, cultural, and intellectual history. It also seeks to encourage historical work that employs the insights of related disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, demography, and epidemiology, as well as literary, science, and policy studies.

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