Health, Civilization and the State: A History of Public Health from Ancient to Modern Times / Edition 1

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This book examines the social, economic and political issues of public health provision in historical perspective. It outlines the development of public health in Britain, Continental Europe and the United States from the ancient world through to the modern state. It includes discussion of:

* pestilence, public order and morality in pre-modern times
* the Enlightenment and its effects
* centralization in Victorian Britain
* localization of health care in the United States
* population issues and family welfare
* the rise of the classic welfare state
* attitudes towards public health into the twenty-first century.

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New England Journal of Medicine
[A]n excellent account of the history of British public health.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Changing definitions of the history of public health 1
Pt. 1 Population, health and pre-modern states 9
1 Health and morality in the ancient world 11
2 Pestilence and public order in medieval Europe 24
3 Enlightenment discourse and health 46
Pt. 2 The right to health and the modern state 63
4 Social science and the quantitative analysis of health 65
5 Epidemics and social dislocation in the nineteenth century 79
6 Public health and the modern state: France, Sweden and Germany 97
7 Public health and centralization: the Victorian British state 111
8 The enforcement of health and resistance 128
9 Localization and health salvation in the United States 147
Pt. 3 The obligations of health in the twentieth century 163
10 The quality of population and family welfare: human reproduction, eugenics and social policy 165
11 Health and the rise of the classic welfare state 196
12 Conditional citizenship: the new political economy of health 231
Pt. 4 Preparing for the twenty-first century 279
13 Being fit to live in the twenty-first century: healthy bodies and somatic maps 281
Epilogue 314
Bibliography 320
Index 361
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