By Marcus Ackroyd, Laurence Brockliss, Michael Moss, Kathryn Retford, John Stevenson
Delivering the 1st ever statistical research of a pro cohort within the period of the commercial revolution, this prosopographical research of a few 450 surgeons who joined the military clinical provider in the course of the progressive and Napoleonic wars, charts the history, schooling, army and civilian profession, marriage, sons' occupations, wealth at dying, and broader social and cultural pursuits of the individuals of the cohort. It finds the position which may be performed by means of the nascent professions during this interval in selling fast social mobility. the crowd of clinical practitioners chosen for this research didn't come from prosperous or expert households yet profited from their years within the military to accumulate an exceptional and occasionally fabulous fortune, marry into the professions, and position their sons in expert careers. The research contributes to our knowing of Britishness within the interval, because the majority of the cohort got here from small-town and rural Scotland and eire yet seldom discovered their better halves within the local state and regularly settled in London and different English towns, the place they generally grew to become pillars of the group.
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In later life, was he Irish, English, or British? ⁶⁰ Finally, the book, especially Chapter 6, will throw interesting comparative light on the naval medical corps as an agent of social mobility. Although, as has been noted, constructing a prosopography of naval surgeons during the French wars is a much more difﬁcult task, two of the authors—Brockliss and Moss—have begun to do so, using as their initial source the service registers dating from the early 1830s. ⁶² ⁵⁸ It is touched upon in Brockliss, ‘Professions’ (n.
A limited attempt, too, was made to establish an integrated career structure and to restrict the rights of nomination by commanding ofﬁcers. Assistant surgeons were to be taken from among hospital mates and the regimental surgeons from the assistants, ‘who are to be preferred according to length or merit of service; and not, on the recommendation of their commanding ofﬁcer, to succeed regimentally, unless they otherwise have reasonable pretensions for the promotion’. Otherwise, staff and regimental appointments were kept strictly separate, except that apothecaries were to be chosen from mates or assistant surgeons and purveyors from among either the senior staff or regimental ofﬁcers, ‘if any are found among them properly qualiﬁed for the duties of that Department’.
In the second place, the Army Medical Service was precociously professionalized compared with the wider British medical community before 1858. ⁴² The service was also hierarchically organized into regimental, staff, and general appointments with different levels of pay. ⁴³ The service therefore is an ideal institution with which to gauge the competing claims of jobbery and merit in early nineteenth-century professional life and test the extent to which even the most ‘modern-looking’ of careers was still an Ancien Régime world.