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Title: Wetenschapsbeoefening en belangenbehartiging. Naar een nieuwe geschiedschrijving van negentiende-eeuwse medische genootschappen in de Lage Landen
Authors: Vandendriessche, Joris # ×
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Erasmus Publishing
Series Title: Studium: Tijdschrift voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitsgeschiedenis / Revue de l’Histoire des Sciences et des Universités vol:7 issue:1 pages:36-49
Abstract: The Practice of Science and the Protection of Interests. Towards a New Historiography of Nineteenth-
Century Medical Societies in the Low Countries. This paper provides an overview of the historiography
of nineteenth-century medical societies in the Low Countries and sketches opportunities for
new research. Three research traditions will be identified. The first two traditions correspond to the
different reception of the concept of ‘professionalisation’ (the development of medicine into a modern
profession) in the Netherlands and Belgium, which resulted in different interpretations of the professional
function of medical societies. The third tradition comprises the research into the advisory
function of these societies and their political lobby relating to public health. As each of these research
traditions discussed medical societies within their own interpretative framework, the historiographical
image of nineteenth-century medical societies has also become highly fragmented. While the efforts
of medical societies to build and protect their professional interests have been extensively studied, the
scientific activities of these medical societies have only received limited attention. This paper suggests
that a more complete analysis can be achieved by considering medical societies as research communities.
From such a perspective, the scientific practices performed in medical societies can be studied in
close relation to their professional functioning, thus enabling new insights into the relation between
scientific and professional developments in nineteenth-century medicine.
ISSN: 1876-9055
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Cultural History since 1750, Leuven
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