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History without historians? Medical history and the internet

King, Helen (2012). History without historians? Medical history and the internet. Social History of Medicine, 25(1) pp. 212–221.

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Recent claims that the eighteenth-century men-midwives William Smellie and William Hunter had women murdered to order, to provide the illustrations for their impressive atlases of obstetrics, raise fresh questions about how medical history is generated, presented and evaluated in the media and, in particular, on the internet. This paper traces the generation and subsequent reception of what, for some, has now become a ‘historical fact’, in order to illustrate how attempts by medical historians to engage with policy and with the public exist alongside a shift towards the deprofessionalisation of history.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 The Author
ISSN: 1477-4666
Keywords: midwifery; men-midwives; murder; internet; blogosphere
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Cultures
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 28951
Depositing User: Helen King
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2011 12:33
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2016 14:28
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