Medical societies and scientific culture in nineteenth-century Belgium

By Joris Vandendriessche

Medical societies and scientific culture in nineteenth-century Belgium


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3320-5
  • Pages: 336
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: September 2018
  • BIC Category: Sociology, History of medicine, Belgium, 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899, HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century, SOCIAL SCIENCE / General, Mathematics & science / History of science, Humanities / European history, Humanities / Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Medicine / History of medicine, History, Modern History, History of Medicine
  • Series: Social Histories of Medicine


This book offers the first comprehensive study of nineteenth-century medical societies as scientific institutions. It analyses how physicians gathered to share, discuss, evaluate, publish and even celebrate their studies, uncovering the codes of conduct that underpinned these activities. The book discusses the publishing procedures of medical journals, the tradition of oratory in academies, the networks of anatomists and the commemorations of famous physicians such as Vesalius. Its setting is nineteenth-century Belgium, a young nation state in which the freedoms of press and association were constitutionally established. The book shows how Belgian physicians participated in a civil society shaped by the values of social engagement, polite debate and a free press. Given its broad focus on science, sociability and citizenship, it will be of interest to all those seeking to understand the position of science in nineteenth-century society.


1 Sociability and medical reform
2 Debate and controversy
3 Publishing and editing
4 Networks and collections
5 Expertise and advice
6 Celebrating and commemorating
7 A new scientific landscape
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Joris Vandendriessche is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Cultural History since 1750 Research Group of the University of Leuven, and Fellow of the Research Foundation - Flanders

Medical societies and scientific culture in nineteenth-century Belgium

By Joris Vandendriessche

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