Medicine, Knowledge and Venereal Diseases in England, 1886-1916

  • Anne R. Hanley

Part of the Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History book series (MBSMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 277-318

About this book


This book reveals the ever-present challenges of patient care at the forefront of medical knowledge. Syphilis and gonorrhoea played upon the public imagination in Victorian and Edwardian England, inspiring both fascination and fear. Seemingly inextricable from the other great ‘social evil’, prostitution, these diseases represented contamination, both physical and moral. They infiltrated respectable homes and brought terrible suffering and stigma to those afflicted. Medicine, Knowledge and Venereal Diseases takes us back to an age before penicillin and the NHS, when developments in pathology, symptomology and aetiology were transforming clinical practice. It will be the first book to examine systematically how doctors, nurses and midwives grappled with new knowledge and laboratory-based technologies in their fight against venereal diseases in voluntary hospitals, general practice and Poor Law institutions. It opens up new perspectives on what made competent and safe medical professionals; how these standards changed over time; and how changing attitudes and expectations affected the medical authority and autonomy of different professional groups. 


History of Medicine Venereal Disease British History 19th Century England

Authors and affiliations

  • Anne R. Hanley
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OxfordOxfordUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-32454-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-32455-5
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