Article ID: CBB959700446

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

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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.

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Authors & Contributors
Brock, Claire
Hawkins, Sue
Altschuler, Sari B.
Baumeister, Alan A.
Boyd, Julia
Casper, Stephen T.
Journals
Women's History Review
Social History of Medicine
History of Education
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Publishers
Manchester University Press
Routledge
Sutton Publishers
University of Pennsylvania Press
Universidad de Huelva (Spain)
Concepts
Women in medicine
Medicine
Physicians; doctors
Nurses and nursing
Professions and professionalization
Discovery in medicine
People
Blackwell, Elizabeth
Murray, Jessie Margaret
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
18th century
17th century
Places
Great Britain
India
North America
Spain
United States
Birmingham (England)
Institutions
British Society for the Study of Sex Psychology
Medico-Psychological Clinic
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