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Medical Misadventure in an Age of Professionalisation, 1780-1890$
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Alannah Tomkins

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526116079

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526116079.001.0001

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Financial hardship: bankruptcy, insolvency, and medical charity

Financial hardship: bankruptcy, insolvency, and medical charity

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(p.34) 1 Financial hardship: bankruptcy, insolvency, and medical charity
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Medical Misadventure in an Age of Professionalisation, 1780-1890
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Alannah Tomkins

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526116079.003.0002

Bankruptcy and insolvency were the types of career turbulence that were most likely to interrupt medical careers. Insolvency might entail a stay in debtor’s prison. This chapter examines the experiences of men who suffered financial setback and explores their access to support systems. The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund was established in 1836 and might have offered a prop, but analysis of their records suggests that medical bankrupts and insolvents were rarely among their beneficiaries. Therefore other sources of informal support must be inferred, beyond formal medical charity.

Keywords:   Bankruptcy, insolvency, medical careers, debtor’s prison, Royal Medical Benevolent Fund, medical charity

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