Sunday, September 04, 2005

Victorian Medicine

Victorian Medicine - A comprehensive study by Henry Hattemer of professional and traditional medicinal practices, practitioners, scientific theory, and health trends in England between the years 1830 and 1910.

I realize medical science made a huge jump during this era. The doctors got better and better as they figured things out. However, I am glad I am dealing with modern medical care. The site notes, "After chloroform became widespread, surgery increased, as did doctors understanding of the need for cleanliness. Even when doctors were cleaning their hands and the instruments, however, bacteria was rampant, and it led to cases of 'hospital fever'." No thanks...

I have no doubt that a 22nd Century patient would look back and consider early 21st Century American medical care to be less than desireable as well.

From the site:

The beginning of the Victorian Era was a time of population growth coupled with primitive medicine and of obsolete science. By the end, comparatively advanced scientific theories had been confirmed; treatment had been improved through the introduction of antiseptic and anesthetic; and the life span of the average human had been increased. In order to understand this transformation, four primary areas of study are examined in detail. The multitude of professions in medicine are detailed, from the prestigious physician to the lowly apothecary, and the arenas in which each works. Current scientific theory prevalent at the time is also described and analyzed in order to understand the treatment practices. Treatment, though very primitive in nature, vastly improved during the Victorian era. Lastly, an analysis of the general health trends that result from the practice, the predominant theories, and the treatment is offered.


SQPY23 said...

Ran across this site while looking for history of medicine; seems like a goldmine. It's the Biomedical History site for the Karolinska Institute of Sweden.

Miland said...

That is a good site. Thanks for sharing.