The Sickroom in Victorian Fiction: The Art of Being IIIBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6965.1380a (Published 19 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1380
- W F Bynum
Miriam Bailin Cambridge University Press, £30, pp 169 ISBN 0 521 44526 4
Tertius Lydgate and Dr Thorne apart, doctors mostly had only supporting roles in Victorian novels. They could offer pronouncements, prognoses, and prescriptions. Sometimes they sat up and watched. Occasionally, they seemed to cure. For the most part, however, they remained shadowy figures, catalysts to the narrative action but not central to it.
Until recently, the history of medicine has concentrated on doctors. Now, patients, nurses, and the experience of illness, pain, and suffering have …