Work, Rest and Play: Liverpool’s Medical Community since 1930
This seminar outlines an ethnographic approach to studying the training, professional, and social lives of the medical community in twentieth century Liverpool. Key spaces of this analysis include the university medical school, where nascent professional identity was established in students within a competitive and often transgressive environment, and the Liverpool Medical Institution, a nexus of professional and social interactions in the city where doctors met to discuss clinical practice and share ideas. The changing demographics of medicine in Britain will be explored, in terms of gender and ethnicity of practitioners, and the shifting experiences of medics living and working in the city. As a recently begun project, this seminar will introduce the key research questions and methodologies, including oral history interviews with retired physicians, and suggest possible challenges facing the research.