Bodies Politic: Disease, Death and Doctors in Britain, 1650-1900

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Cornell University Press, 2001 - 328 páginas
This text takes a critical look at representations of the body, in death, disease and health, particularly in medical contexts, and images of the healing arts in Britain from the mid-17th to the beginning of the 20th century. The two key assumptions are that the human body is the chief signifier and communicator of all manner of meanings - religious, moral, political and medical alike - and that pre-scientific medicine was an art which depended heavily on performance, ritual, rhetoric and theatre.

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Roy Sydney Porter was born December 31, 1946. He grew up in a south London working class home. He attended Wilson's Grammar School, Camberwell, and won an unheard of scholarship to Cambridge. His starred double first in history at Cambridge University (1968) led to a junior research fellowship at his college, Christ's, followed by a teaching post at Churchill College, Cambridge. His Ph.D. thesis, published as The Making Of Geology (1977), became the first of more than 100 books that he wrote or edited. Porter was a Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Churchill College, Cambridge from 1972 to 1979; Dean from 1977 to 1979; Assistant Lecturer in European History at Cambridge University from 1974 to 1977, Lecturer from 1977 to 1979. He joined the Wellcome Institute fot the History of Medicine in 1979 where he was a Senior Lecturer from 1979 to 1991, a Reader from 1991 to 1993, and finally a Professor in the Social History of Medicine from 1993 to 2001. Porter was Elected a fellow of the British Academy in 1994, and he was also made an honorary fellow by both the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Roy Porter died March 4, 2002, at the age of 55.

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