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The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 2Expansion and Evolution, 1800-1900$
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David Finkelstein

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474424882

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424882.001.0001

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The Medical Press and its Public

The Medical Press and its Public

(p.438) Chapter Sixteen The Medical Press and its Public
The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 2

Sally Frampton

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the wide range of medical periodicals that were available in the nineteenth century. It argues that, as well as promoting professional cohesiveness, medical periodicals of the era were also significant in facilitating laypeople’s engagement with and contributions to medical knowledge, public health and politics. Particular attention is paid to three genres of medical journalism: the professional press, journals devoted to non-orthodox, alternative medicine practices like homeopathy and mesmerism, and medical and health journals which actively sought to include the public in their audience, the latter of which found increasing popularity in the last three decades of the century. These categories are neither neat nor entirely discrete; indeed, by examining them together this chapter evinces their continuous entanglement with one another.

Keywords:   Medical periodicals, Medical journalism, Health, alternative medicine, public health, medical knowledge

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