A Social History of Medicine: Health, Healing and Disease in England, 1750-1950

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A Social History of Medicine traces the development of medical practice from the Industrial Revolution right through to the twentieth century.

Drawing on a wide range of source material, it charts the changing relationship between patients and practitioners over this period, exploring the impact made by institutional care, government intervention and scientific discovery.

The study illuminates the extent to which medical assistance really was available to patients over the period, by focusing on provincial areas and using local sources. It introduces a variety of contemporary medical practitioners, some of them hitherto unknown and with fascinating intricate details of their work. The text offers an extensive thematic survey, including coverage of:

* institutions such as hospitals, dispensaries, asylums and prisons
* midwifery and nursing
* infections and how changes in science have affected disease control
* contraception, war, and the NHS.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415200387
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/19/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations and tables
Preface
Acknowledgement
Introduction: medicine before the Industrial Revolution 1
1 Medical practitioners in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England 11
2 Population and contraception 32
3 Medical care under the Old and the New Poor Law 44
4 Medical care provided by Friendly Societies 68
5 Hospitals and dispensaries 82
6 Asylums and prisons 96
7 Midwifery and nursing 120
8 Infections and disease control 134
9 The pharmaceutical industry 161
10 Medicine and war 169
11 The National Health Service 187
Conclusion 201
Further reading 203
Index of places 209
Index of medical names 215
Subject index 219
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