Medical Knowledge and the Patronage System in 18th Century England

  title={Medical Knowledge and the Patronage System in 18th Century England},
  author={N. D. Jewson},
  pages={369 - 385}
  • N. Jewson
  • Published 1 September 1974
  • Medicine
  • Sociology
Medical knowledge in eighteenth century England was characterized by the growth of numerous often contradictory theoretical systems, founded upon a common underlying analogy of bodily processes. This foundation of metaphor was derived from the ancient humoural model of classical medicine, attenuated by the introduction of concepts imported from contemporary mechanical philosophy. Medical theory may be viewed as a form of social interaction between physicians—the elite of the eighteenth century… 
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