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By Pat Jalland, Pat Jalland , Graeme Davison , Wilfrid Prest

'Body and brain' can pay tribute to 1 of Australia's most eminent and influential historians, F.B. (Barry) Smith. Barry has made pioneering contributions to the political, social and cultural histories of england and Australia, and those essays variety around the fields he made his personal, in particular the interconnected histories of medication (body) and concepts (mind). The editors collect a number of generations of  Read more...

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The change, he reported to his old Manchester friend Samuel Robinson, ‘agreed with my health’ and, though he travelled two to three hundred miles a week and lived on bread and water, he was ‘as strong as a horse’. Constant activity, it appears, had kept his mind from more painful subjects: I do not find the eternal gyrations which I am obliged to make unpleasant but, on the contrary, I have derived almost unqualified satisfaction from my pursuits. I only fear that when they become less active, I may feel the want Sociology and Self-Knowledge 31 of that stimulus and constant reward which they have hitherto afforded.

International alignments had come to appear more threatening. Party discipline had still to be rebuilt after the Conservative split over Corn Law repeal. Middle-class newspaper readers (primed by revelations of Crimean War ‘mismanagement’) had become a force to be reckoned with. Palmerston’s own strategy for justification of continuing Whig public leadership was less reformfocussed than Russell’s had been. 8 That said, Palmerston was still an open proponent of the Whig view that political authority was a trust to be exercised ‘out of regard to the interests of those whose interests we are especially bound to protect … men who cannot take care of themselves’.

At all events, Kay apparently refused to take no for an answer and mother and daughter were soon writing to protest that he had not honoured his promise to stay away from Caledon House. 52 In these further letters, attention became focussed on Kay’s professional position and prospects. These misunderstandings were, in part, a consequence of Kay’s ambiguous role as family physician and friend. As their doctor, he had access to the inner circle of the family. He knew their secrets and shared their misfortunes: only recently, in fact, he had attended Helen’s sister in her fatal illness.

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