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Institutional Medicine and State Intervention in Eighteenth–Century Ireland

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Sneddon, Andrew (2010) Institutional Medicine and State Intervention in Eighteenth–Century Ireland. In: Ireland and Medicine in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. (Eds: Clark, Fiona and Kelly, James), Ashgate, pp. 137-162. ISBN 9780754665564 [Book section]

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Abstract

This article suggests that the Irish parliament, though it met regularly from 1692 to its abolition in 1800, was reluctant to intervene in the regulation of interest that were overseen by corporations or charters bodies, particularly, in the case of the charter granted to the College of Physicians in 1692, when it provided that body with extensive powers. Parliament rejected repeated attempts by the College, during the early part of the century, to put these powers on a statutory foundation when it realised that they might serve, as apothecaries and surgeons repeatedly argued, to ‘ring fence’ physicians’ right to proscribe and diagnose, whereby increasing the financial burden on the poor.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:Royal College of Physicians, legislation, medicine, eighteenth-century, physicians, apothecaries, surgeons, diagnose, prescribe, prescriptions.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > History
ID Code:16105
Deposited By:Dr Andrew Sneddon
Deposited On:11 Nov 2010 10:17
Last Modified:11 Nov 2010 10:17

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