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Medical Reform (1848)
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1. Definition

The medical reform of 1848 was a collective movement of the German physicians during the Vormärz period, who sought social and material betterment for themselves as well as better medical care of the underclass. Beginning in the mid-1840s, the radical wing of the reform movement combined these concerns with the idea of human rights and the demand for a democratic constitution.

2. Background and history

In many of the 39 states constituting the Germa…

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Bleker, Johanna, “Medical Reform (1848)”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023881>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801



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