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The Patent Medicines Industry in Georgian EnglandIntroduction

The Patent Medicines Industry in Georgian England: Introduction [After introducing John Newbery and Dr. James’s Fever Powder, this chapter explains why Georgian patent medicines were panned by later generations as trivial exhibitions of quackery and so have not received the attention they deserve as a major component of Georgian healthcare. The provision of all types of medicines is explained, and the confusing term ‘patent medicines’, most of which were not actually patented, is defined. The chapter introduces and justifies the concept of an industry by summarising the following chapters, emphasising that the book studies the medical market from a commercial perspective and that the question of whether patent medicines ‘worked’, in twenty-first century terms, is irrelevant.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
ISBN
978-3-319-69777-2
Pages
1 –24
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69778-9_1
Publisher site
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Abstract

[After introducing John Newbery and Dr. James’s Fever Powder, this chapter explains why Georgian patent medicines were panned by later generations as trivial exhibitions of quackery and so have not received the attention they deserve as a major component of Georgian healthcare. The provision of all types of medicines is explained, and the confusing term ‘patent medicines’, most of which were not actually patented, is defined. The chapter introduces and justifies the concept of an industry by summarising the following chapters, emphasising that the book studies the medical market from a commercial perspective and that the question of whether patent medicines ‘worked’, in twenty-first century terms, is irrelevant.]

Published: Dec 5, 2017

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