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Medical revolutions? The growth of medicine in England, 1660-1800

Pirohakul, Teerapa and Wallis, Patrick (2014) Medical revolutions? The growth of medicine in England, 1660-1800. Economic History Working Paper Series, 185/2014. The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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This paper studies demand for commercial medical assistance in early modern England. We measure individual consumption of medical and nursing services using a new dataset of debts at death between c.1670-c.1790. Levels of consumption of medical services were high and stable in London from the 1680s. However, we find rapid growth in the provinces, in both the likelihood of using medical assistance, and the sums spent on it. The structure of medical services also shifted, with an increase in ‘general practice’, particularly by apothecaries. The expansion in medical services diffused from London, and was motivated by changing preferences, not wealth

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2014 16:58
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2014 09:09

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