blogging by candle light (notadate) wrote in little_details,
blogging by candle light

regency medicine and money

Setting: England circa 1800

Search terms: "bone setting regency england", "history of medicine", "surgeons regency", "broken bone", "surgeon broken bone 1800", "regency medicine" ...I don't actually remember all of the things I've searched, but it's been a lot.

Question: I have a (very wealthy) man who's broken his leg. I know that he would be treated by a surgeon and not a physician because physicians were gentlemen and it was beneath them to do manual labor. However, would a physician be called in to consult or would they only call the surgeon to come in and set the bone? On a rural country estate, how long would it take to get a surgeon? Would he be given anything for the pain like opium or a drink? How much of a fuss would they make if the man's wife insisted on staying with him while they set the bone? And finally, generally speaking, how likely is it that he'd make a good recovery and not have any sort of lasting problems (like a limp) because of the broken bone?

Side question: Any ideas on how a very wealthy land owner in 1800 could break a leg that don't involve falling off a horse? I'm willing to go the fell off a horse route if I have to, but that's so cliché.


Setting: same as above

Search terms: "regency shopping", "regency shopping malls", "regency credit", "history of money", etc.

Question: I know that most middle and upper-class people had accounts at stores and shopped on credit, but would using cash in a store be a sign of being lower-class and be best avoided? Once a man was engaged, would anyone look askance at him giving his fiancée money (I'm thinking a guinea and a couple of half-shillings) so she could go shopping? And, how would the stores he did have credit with know that his fiancée/wife was now allowed to buy goods on his account? Would he send a servant around to inform them? Write letters?

Writing historical fiction is hard! I never did it before and it's driving me crazy trying to get all of the little details right. Thanks for the help I've gotten so far. Hopefully you guys can help me out here too.
Tags: 1800-1809, ~economics (misc), ~medicine: historical, ~medicine: injuries: broken bones

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