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Remembering Dr. Sloane: Masculinity and the Making of an Eighteenth-Century Physician

Smith, Lisa W (2019) 'Remembering Dr. Sloane: Masculinity and the Making of an Eighteenth-Century Physician.' Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies, 42 (4). 433 - 453. ISSN 1754-0194

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Abstract

By the 1720s Sir Hans Sloane was at the centre of London's eighteenth‐century medical and scientific world; he was a royal physician, President of the Royal Society and President of the Royal College of Physicians. This article examines Sloane's use of self‐fashioning early in his career, which was key to his later successes. Sloane's career‐building offers an opportunity to consider the role of gender in men's medical and scientific activities. This article argues that Sloane used existing concepts of ideal manhood – self‐management, independence and polite sociability – to establish his medical practice and scientific networks.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: masculinity, self-fashioning, friendship, patronage, early modern, eighteenth century, Hans Sloane, physician
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > History, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2019 08:22
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2019 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24969

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