Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
In 1808 the medical profession was largely unregulated and was compelled to diagnose and treat patients without anaesthetic, lacking stethoscopes, and unaware of the existence of germs. By 1886 access to the profession was closely monitored, anaesthetic was routinely administered, and Lister's work on aseptic surgery was being accepted. Therefore, this was a period of scientific change and professional consolidation with enormous significance for the ways doctors related to patients and the ways the sick formed expectations of their medical practitioners. This module treats aspects of the social history of medicine in nineteenth-century England by considering the development of medical relationships from the 1808 County Asylums Act up to the Medical Registration Amendment Act of 1886. Topics may include medical education and professionalisation, the evolution of institutional medical care, medical practitioners in fiction, insanity and the emergence of psychiatry, anatomy and bodysnatching, the roles for women in nursing and the drive for sanitary reform.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/his-30101/lists
This module will consider aspects of the social history of medicine, including the changes experienced by both medical practitioners and patients from the 1808 County Asylums Act up to the Medical Registration Amendment Act of 1886.
Intended Learning Outcomes
recognise and explain the ways in which medicine became professionalised in the nineteenth century, including changes to medical education, the proliferation of roles for formal practitioners as experts and the rise of statutory regulation: 2evaluate and critically assess a range of primary sources and to use them appropriately in the development of historical analysis: 2practice and refine their ability to write creatively in a history of medicine context: 1employ genre writing to demonstrate EITHER appreciation of the complexities of historical debate OR empathy with historical figures: 1consider and discuss the relationship between contemporary debates about health, illness and medicine and their historical context: 2
24 seminar attendance, 12 workshop attendance, 48 seminar preparation, 33 seen examination preparation and completion, 33 exercise preparation and completion,
1: Exercise weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
Biographical review OR creative-writing exerciseThis exercise may be attempted in two modes: students wishing to focus on empirical history may attempt a biographical review of 1500 words (in relation to a figure of their choice who was prominent in the social history of medicine of the period, subject to the endorsement the tutor). This will entail a critical comparison of existing biographies (potentially including extant autobiographies), normally including the subject's entry in the new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Alternatively students may attempt a creative-writing exercise of 1500 words.2: Open Book Examination weighted 50%
Analysis of a seen documentA variety of seen examination requiring an extended commentary of 1500 words on a substantial document (for example, a pamphlet or chapter rather than a short document extract or a book-length piece). The document will be digitised and made available to students via Blackboard at least a fortnight and up to one month before the timed examination. Candidates will revise the author, content, genre, context and significance of the document. All candidates will be given the same, single question and will have 28 hours to compose and submit their response. The question will pertain directly to the author, content, genre, context and significance of the document.