Harriet Martineau and the reform of the invalid in Victorian England

  title={Harriet Martineau and the reform of the invalid in Victorian England},
  author={Alison Winter},
  journal={The Historical Journal},
  pages={597 - 616}
  • Alison Winter
  • Published 1 September 1995
  • History
  • The Historical Journal
ABSTRACT This article argues that within the debates over medical reform which took place throughout the Victorian period, there flourished a variety of models of authority with respect to illness and the body. The controversies surrounding the illness and cure of the journalist, Harriet Martineau, provide a particularly useful vehicle for exploring some of these different models. During a time when many doctors were anxious to establish the medical profession as an authoritative body within… 
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