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‘A Silly Quarrel About a Sore Knee’? Defending Honour in a Professional Dispute, Sydney 1846

Penny Russell
Health and History
Vol. 14, No. 2 (2012), pp. 46-73
DOI: 10.5401/healthhist.14.2.0046
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5401/healthhist.14.2.0046
Page Count: 28
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‘A Silly Quarrel About a Sore Knee’? Defending Honour
                    in a Professional Dispute, Sydney 1846
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Abstract

This article investigates a dispute between two medical men in 1840s Sydney, in which an argument over treatment rapidly escalated into the threat of a duel. It locates their disagreement in the context of their professional careers and personal investments, and within a wider history of the culture of honour, duelling, and professional ethics in the colony and Britain in the mid-nineteenth century. It shows that shifting understandings of the conduct expected of a ‘gentleman’ left confusion in its wake, and in this instance unsettled the status of the medical profession in Sydney.

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