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Daily business: the organization and finances of doctors’ practices

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2016
Author Klaas Philipp, Steinke Hubert, Unterkircher Alois,
Project Ein Auslaufmodell: Medizinische Praxis und Lebenswelt eines Laienheilers in der ersten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Clio Medica
Volume (Issue) 96
Page(s) 71 - 98
Title of proceedings Clio Medica


Based on a comparative analysis on patient´s records of eight physicians in german speaking countries this article will not focus primarily on the biographies of physicians or on medical interventions but ask instead direct practical questions regarding the everyday running of the doctor’s surgery: Where did the contact between physician and patient mostly take place? How many patients did the practitioner or healer see on average in a day? How did surgeries change over time? How did physicians organize their daily routine between surgery hours, house calls and, in some cases, teaching activities? What were their earnings from all these activities? One might think that these questions are easy to answer, but they are not. Research has so far – and to a limited extent only – focused on financial questions. There is little information on other aspects of the physician’s daily business. This contribution is concerned with the everyday routine of physicians and other healers, a perspective on which the recent research into doctors’ surgeries increasingly focuses.