Article ID: CBB959700446

Joanna Stephens and the Stone: credibility economy in the history of medicine (2023)

unapi

In 1740, Joanna Stephens (fl. 1720–1741) produced a recipe for a tonic that she claimed cured bladder stones. Although she had the support of some notable and powerful men in the medical community and empirical evidence that her tonic worked, it took two years of petitioning, discussing, and even (unsuccessfully) crowd-sourcing before Parliament relented and awarded her the sum she requested to take her tonic public. Stephens’s interaction with the scientific community serves as a case study for how epistemic credibility shapes how communities hear, interpret, and react to testimonies of knowledge claims from marginalized community members. Stephens’s position as an outsider, both qua woman and qua experimentalist, meant that she was effectively and almost immediately written out of her own story by learned and powerful men with who had both vested interests in the cure for the stone and epistemic prejudices that made it impossible for them to hear Stephens’s claim that she had made a discovery.

...More
Citation URI
https://data.isiscb.org/isis/citation/CBB959700446/

Similar Citations

Article Heasim Sul; (2017)
The Medicinal Usage and Restriction of Ginseng in Britain and America, 1660-1900 (/isis/citation/CBB037211859/)

Article Baumeister, Alan A.; Hawkins, Mike F.; Lopez-Munoz, Francisco; (2010)
Toward Standardized Usage of the Word Serendipity in the Historiography of Psychopharmacology (/isis/citation/CBB001034930/)

Thesis Rodriguez Sanchez, Rafael Ángel; (1998)
The change of medical paradigm in the Scientific Revolution in Spain (/isis/citation/CBB001562170/)

Book Sari Altschuler; (2018)
The Medical Imagination: Literature and Health in the Early United States (/isis/citation/CBB584547173/)

Article Singh, Maina Chawla; (2006)
Gender, Thrift, and Indigenous Adaptations: Money and Missionary Medicine in Colonial India (/isis/citation/CBB001030831/)

Article Bennett, Michael; (2008)
Jenner's Ladies: Women and Vaccination against Smallpox in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain (/isis/citation/CBB001030395/)

Article Snyder, Peter J.; Kaufman, Rebecca; Harrison, John; Maruff, Paul; (2010)
Charles Darwin's Emotional Expression “Experiment” and His Contribution to Modern Neuropharmacology (/isis/citation/CBB001034936/)

Book Hawkins, Sue; (2010)
Nursing and Women's Labour in the Nineteenth Century: The Quest for Independence (/isis/citation/CBB001212661/)

Book Swenson, Kristine; (2005)
Medical Women and Victorian Fiction (/isis/citation/CBB000820014/)

Book Sweet, Helen M.; Dougall, Rona; (2008)
Community Nursing and Primary Healthcare in Twentieth-Century Britain (/isis/citation/CBB000773991/)

Book Jane Brooks; (2018)
Negotiating Nursing: British Army Sisters and Soldiers in the Second World War (/isis/citation/CBB078545086/)

Book Mr Anthony C. Cartwright; (2015)
The British Pharmacopoeia, 1864 to 2014: Medicines, International Standards and the State (/isis/citation/CBB390699552/)

Authors & Contributors
Sweet, Helen M.
Hawkins, Sue
Heasim Sul
Mr Anthony C. Cartwright
Brooks, Jane
Watts, Ruth
Journals
Women's History Review
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Social History of Medicine
Korean Journal of Medical History
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
History of Education
Publishers
Routledge
Universidad de Huelva (Spain)
University of Pennsylvania Press
University of Massachusetts Press
Manchester University Press
Ashgate Publishing
Concepts
Women in medicine
Medicine
Nurses and nursing
Pharmacology
Discovery in medicine
Physicians; doctors
People
Jenner, Edward
Blackwell, Elizabeth
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
18th century
17th century
21st century
Places
Great Britain
Birmingham (England)
United States
Spain
North America
India
Institutions
Medical Women's Federation (Great Britain)
Comments

Be the first to comment!

{{ comment.created_by.username }} on {{ comment.created_on | date:'medium' }}

Log in or register to comment