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dc.contributor.authorBull, Sarahen
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-20T12:00:01Z
dc.date.available2016-12-20T12:00:01Z
dc.date.issued2017-12en
dc.identifier.issn0007-5140
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/261663
dc.description.abstractThis article examines links between mid-Victorian opposition to commerce in popular works on sexual health and the introduction of a legal test of obscenity, in the 1868 trial R. v. Hicklin, that opened the public distribution of any work that contained sexual information to prosecution. The article demonstrates how both campaigning medical journals’ crusades against “obscene quackery” and judicial and anti-vice groups who aimed to protect public morals responded to unruly trade in medical print by linking popular medical works with public corruption. When this link was codified, it became a double-edged sword for medical authorities. The Hicklin test provided these authorities with a blunt tool for disciplining professional medical behavior. However, it also radically narrowed the parameters through which even the most established practitioners could communicate medical information without risking censure.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was supported by the Wellcome Trust [Grant Number 106548/Z/14/Z].
dc.languageengen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherThe Johns Hopkins University Press
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.titleManaging the “Obscene M.D.” Medical Publishing, the Medical Profession, and the Changing Definition of Obscenity in Mid-Victorian Englanden
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage743
prism.issueIdentifier4en
prism.publicationDate2017en
prism.publicationNameBulletin of the History of Medicineen
prism.startingPage713
prism.volume91en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.6871
dcterms.dateAccepted2016-10-13en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1353/bhm.2017.0079en
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-12en
dc.identifier.eissn1086-3176
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
cam.issuedOnline2017-12-21en
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