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Advancing with the Army
Medicine, the Professions and Social Mobility in the British Isles 1790-1850
professions in this period in promoting rapid social mobility.
The group of medical practitioners selected for this analysis did not come from affluent or professional families but profited from their years in the army to build up a solid and sometimes spectacular fortune, marry into the professions, and place their sons in professional careers. The study contributes to our understanding of Britishness in the period, since the majority of the cohort came from small-town and rural Scotland and Ireland but seldom found their wives in the native country and
frequently settled in London and other English cities, where they often became pillars of the community. - ;incorporates the rich variety of individual lives, and these vessels float easily on the ever flowing tide of date. - J. E. Cookson, Social History of Medicine;Rich in illustration, clear in analysis and solid in conclusion... a testament to team-work, seamless prose, and historical modesty. - Roger Cooter, English Historical Review
419 pages; ISBN 9780191514838
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