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Medical Services and the Hospital in Britain, 1860–1939

Medical Services and the Hospital in Britain, 1860–1939


Part of New Studies in Economic and Social History

  • Date Published: July 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521577847

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  • How were the medical services organised in Britain in the years before the National Health Service? This short study looks at developments in hospital and primary medical care before World War Two focusing on service delivery and 'the sufferer's agenda' rather than on the concerns of high politics. It considers the influences shaping provision, accessibility and impact in the contexts of contingent risks and social need, health care and social policy. The author examines the recent research in this area, concluding that, despite improvements, substantial reform was an agreed point on the agenda of all interested in health care by the later 1930s, though a positive consensus had not emerged. This book will be invaluable to students and teachers approaching the subject for the first time, and includes a detailed bibliography to assist in further research.

    • Concise survey for students which combines thematic and chronological treatments
    • Focuses on 'the sufferer's agenda' rather than on the concerns of high politics
    • Offers comparative data from rural and provincial areas, for Scotland as well as for England
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    'Overall I found this publication very enjoyable to read. Because it is packed full of interesting detail it would be of value to students of nursing at both undergraduate and post-graduate level.' Nursing Times

    ' … a clear and useful survey of the present state of knowledge and understanding in this important field'. History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521577847
    • length: 110 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 7 mm
    • weight: 0.15kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Contexts
    2. Medicine and its impact
    3. Professionalisation and reform
    4. Medical services 1860–1914
    5. Rival systems or integrated services?
    6. Health care finance, accountability and control

  • Author

    Steven Cherry, University of East Anglia

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