Colonization Among Cripples

  • Roger Cooter
Part of the Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History book series (STMMH)


To some extent, all professional agendas are set by circumstances outside the immediate control of the professionals involved. But some agendas are thus determined more than others, and this was especially so for orthopaedists in the increasingly cold economic climate of the postwar years. Despite gains in status during the war, the specialism lacked autonomy, and its practitioners were too few to constitute an effective lobby in medical politics. Whatever orthopaedists might have wanted to do, they were more or less directly constrained by their immediate socioeconomic and political context. In particular, they were bound by the social and ideological concerns of the agents and agencies through whom they were compelled to negotiate their interests. In more ways than one the postwar agenda was to be set for them, not by them.


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  • Roger Cooter
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  1. 1.Wellcome Unit for the History of MedicineUniversity of ManchesterUK

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