Bodies Politic

Bodies Politic Disease, Death and Doctors in Britain, 1650-1900

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In this historical tour de force, Roy Porter takes a critical look at representations of the body in health, disease, and death in Britain from the mid-seventeenth to the twentieth century. Porter argues that great symbolic weight was attached to contrasting conceptions of the healthy and diseased body and that such ideas were mapped onto antithetical notions of the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. With these images in mind, he explores aspects of being ill alongside the practice of medicine, paying special attention to self-presentations by physicians, surgeons, and quacks, and to changes in practitioners' public identities over time. Porter also examines the wider symbolic meanings of disease and doctoring and the "body politic." Porter's book is packed with outrageous and amusing anecdotes portraying diseased bodies and medical practitioners alike.

Book information

ISBN: 9781789142792
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 610.941
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 16013
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 360g
Height: 129mm
Width: 199mm
Spine width: 33mm