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By Marcus Ackroyd, Laurence Brockliss, Michael Moss, Kathryn Retford, John Stevenson

ISBN-10: 0199267065

ISBN-13: 9780199267064

Supplying the 1st ever statistical research of a pro cohort within the period of the commercial revolution, this prosopographical examine of a few 450 surgeons who joined the military clinical provider in the course of the innovative and Napoleonic wars, charts the historical past, schooling, army and civilian profession, marriage, sons' occupations, wealth at demise, and broader social and cultural pursuits of the participants of the cohort. It finds the position that may be performed by way of the nascent professions during this interval in selling fast social mobility. the gang of scientific practitioners chosen for this research didn't come from prosperous or expert households yet profited from their years within the military to accumulate an excellent and infrequently mind-blowing fortune, marry into the professions, and position their sons in specialist careers. The learn contributes to our figuring out of Britishness within the interval, because the majority of the cohort got here from small-town and rural Scotland and eire yet seldom stumbled on their better halves within the local nation and often settled in London and different English towns, the place they generally grew to become pillars of the group.

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The divisions within the Army Medical Board remained largely out of sight of the public gaze until 1807, when Parliament launched an inquiry into the service. There is no evidence that this was done because there was thought to be anything amiss. ³⁹ The commissioners, however, took evidence from the leading critics of the Army Medical Board as well as its general officers, and apparently prepared by reading the early works of Jackson. Inevitably, therefore, the tone of its subsequent report, published in January 1808 was critical.

1–6; Paul E. Kopperman, ‘Medical Services in the British Army, 1742–1783’, Journal of the History of Medicine, 34 (1979), 428–55. ² J. Brewer, The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, 1688–1783 (London, 1989), 30–2. In peacetime the army was reduced to less than 40,000 men. Both in war and peace, it was always considerably smaller than its French rival: see Paul Kennedy, The Rise and Decline of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500–2000 (London, 1988), 128 (table).

1. Ranks in the Army Medical Service 1804 Equivalent army rank Hospital matea Regimental assistant surgeon Subaltern Subaltern Apothecary to the forcesc Regimental Surgeon Staff surgeon Physician to the forcesf Deputy inspector of hospitals Inspector of hospitals Captaind 1830 1840 Status Regimental assistant Regimental assistant Lieutenant surgeon surgeon Staff assistant surgeon Lieutenant Staff Assistantb Regimental surgeon Staff surgeon Assistant inspector of hospitalsg Deputy inspectorgeneral Inspector-general Regimental surgeon Staff surgeon class IIe Staff surgeon I class Captain Captain Major Deputy inspectorgeneral of hospitals Inspector-general of hospitals Lieutenant colonel Brigadier a b From 1813 called hospital assistants.

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