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Title: A "crutch to assist in gaining an honest living": Dispensary shopkeeping by Scottish general practitioners and the responses of the British medical elite, ca. 1852-1911
Authors: Jenkinson, Jacqueline
Contact Email: jlj1@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Scottish
GPs
History
Shopkeeping
Dispensary
Medical
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Citation: Jenkinson J (2012) A "crutch to assist in gaining an honest living": Dispensary shopkeeping by Scottish general practitioners and the responses of the British medical elite, ca. 1852-1911, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 86 (1), pp. 1-36.
Abstract: This article examines the practice among general practitioners in Scotland of keeping shops for dispensary and retail purposes in the late nineteenth century. It demonstrates that while doctors kept such open shops in these areas in order to subsidize their income in a crowded medical market, they argued that shopkeeping allowed them to provide medical care in communities where the population was otherwise too poor to pay for such care. The article compares shopkeeping to medical "covering" and assesses the medical hierarchy's reactions to shopkeeping doctors via disciplinary actions taken against some of these doctors by the General Medical Council (GMC). These actions provoked an organized protest among hundreds of doctors (some of it channeled through the British Medical Association), which challenged the methods of the GMC in determining acceptable professional medical standards.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/6530
URL: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?partnerID=yv4JPVwI&eid=2-s2.0-84859968117&md5=ba1a43a483699d6eb06e765780699ccc
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/bhm.2012.0008
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository for non-commercial use only. Version in this repository is the author final draft post-refereeing. For the published version please see the The Johns Hopkins University Press Website for the journal Bulletin of the History of Medicine at http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/bulletin_of_the_history_of_medicine/
Affiliation: History

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