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Life Insurance, the Medical Examination and Cultural Values

Jureidini, R.; White, Kevin Neil


This paper is concerned with the commodification of the risk of death which occurred with the development of life insurance and with the role of the medical examination in making life insurance a viable commodity. Using British and Australian data, it shows how the medical profession and the medical examination were crucial to nineteenth century life insurance institutions in the calculation of the value of human lives. Life insurance institutions combined a developing ideology of health with...[Show more]

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Date published: 2000
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Historical Sociology


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