The Codification of Medical Morality

Historical and Philosophical Studies of the Formalization of Western Medical Morality in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Volume One: Medical Ethics and Etiquette in the Eighteenth Century

  • Robert Baker
  • Dorothy Porter
  • Roy Porter

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 45)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Robert Baker, Dorothy Porter, Roy Porter
      Pages 1-14
  3. Medical Propriety and Impropriety in the English-SPeaking World Prior to the Formalization of Medical Ethics

  4. The Eighteenth-Century Philosophical Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-98
    2. Johanna Geyer-Kordesch
      Pages 123-139
  5. The Formalization of Medical Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-144
    2. Laurence B. McCullough
      Pages 145-160
    3. Robert Baker
      Pages 179-211
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 213-232

About this book


The editors have incurred many debts in preparing this book, and both etiquette and ethics would be contravened if they were not discharged here. Above all, we wish to thank the contributors for so cheerfully complying with our suggestions for preparing their papers for publication and efficiently meeting our schedules. It is thanks to their cooperation that this volume has appeared speedily and painlessly; their revisions have helped to give it internal coherence. This volume has emerged from papers delivered at a conference on the History of Medical Ethics, held at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London, 1 December, 1989. We are most grateful to the Wellcome Trust for having underwritten the costs of the conference, and to Frieda Houser and Stephen Emberton whose organizational skills contributed so much to making it a smoothly-run and enjoyable day. In addition to the papers delivered at the conference, we are delighted to have secured further contributions from David Harley and Johanna Geyer-Kordesch. Our thanks to them for their eager help. From start to finish, we have received splendid encouragement from all those connected with the Philosophy and Medicine series, especially Professor Stuart Spicker, and Martin Scrivener at Kluwer Academic Publishers. Their enthusiasm has lightened our load, and expedited the editorial process.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Robert Baker
    • 1
  • Dorothy Porter
    • 2
  • Roy Porter
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUnion CollegeShenectadyUSA
  2. 2.Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonUK
  3. 3.Wellcome Institute for the History of MedicineLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4193-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8228-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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