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My PhD Research

Chapter 1: Introducing the child

This chapter will examine the dynamic nature of childhood, and its relative meaning to various aspects of society: religious, legal, political, educational, and in regards to medicine.

Primary Sources: Gentleman’s Magazine, Dictionaries [general and medical], Court Proceedings

Secondary Sources: Sommerville, Pelling, Ariès, Heywood, Gillis, Cunningham, etc.

Chapter 2: From a Cough to a Coffin: examining the mother-doctor alliance and its role in child health

This chapter will explore the mother’s/nursemaids role in caring for the sick child, and at what point the decision to involve a physician was made.

Primary Sources: Domestic Advice Literature

Secondary Sources: Branca, Rosenberg, Shorter, Pollack, Starr, etc.

Chapter 3: Behind the Brass Plate: re-examining the emergence of paediatrics

This chapter will examine two models of specialization and their applicability to paediatrics; the scale and growth of the discipline from the middle of the eighteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century; as well as the motivations expressed by practitioners both for and against working with children as patients.

Primary Sources: Medical Treatises, and physicians case books.

Secondary Sources: Jewson, Porter, Shorter, Bogna, Garrison, Levinson, Ruhräh, Still, etc.

Chapter 4: Pig-Killers vs. Paediatricians: child perceptions of medical practitioners

This chapter will examine child diaries and autobiographies written specifically about childhood in order to ascertain how young patients perceived the men who were treating them.

Primary Sources: Child Diaries, Autobiographies focusing on Childhood.

Secondary Sources: Lane, Burnett, Sheringham, Lejeune, Coe, Brockliss, etc.

Chapter 5: Look, Listen and Feel: diagnostic techniques and children’s medicine

This chapter will examine the major diagnostic techniques: auscultation, percussion, palpation, pulse taking, temperature, and microscopy, and if/how they were applied in pediatrics. It will reveal the medical consultation: standard questions asked in the history taking, the process of the physical examination [if applicable], the prognosis and the treatment regime decided upon.

Primary Sources: Medical Treatises and Case Books; medical instrument catalogues

Secondary Sources: Hsu, Nicolson, Reiser, King, Marks, Shorter, Waddington, Davis, etc.

Chapter 6: Medical Education [title to follow]

This chapter will analyse the curricula of Edinburgh, London, Paris and Montpellier to discover what type of training medical practitioners received with regards to sick children and how this may have effected the process of specialization.

Primary Sources: student notebooks, curriculum guides.

Secondary Sources: Cunningham, Lawrence, Ramsey, Harris, Newman, O’Malley, Poyner, Maulitz, etc.