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Medicine in Modern Britain 1780-1950


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Part I 1. Introduction Part II: Narrative 2. Disease in modern Britain Disease and death The epidemiological transition Measuring morbidity Why did patterns of disease change? 3. Medical ideas The emergence of hospital medicine Laboratory medicine Laboratory and clinic Beyond the biological Heterodox medicine 4. Medical practices The pursuit of health Domestic medicine Medical practitioners Consuming medicine 5. Medical care in institutions Voluntary hospitals and dispensaries Poor Law hospitals Fever hospitals and tuberculosis sanatoria Hospitals and dispensaries in Ireland Asylums 6. Medical practitioners Making a medical living Excluding competitors Nursing 7. Health and the state Sanitary reform Public health Welfare Government medical care Part Three: Assessment 8. Medicine in modern Britain: change, continuity, variation Part Four: Documents Document 1. Description of fevers Document 2. Victims of cholera Document 3. The Spanish Flu Document 4. The increase in cancer Document 5. Variations in mortality Document 6. The health of working class women Document 7. The action of fever Document 8. Pathological changes in the lung Document 9. The technical language of medicine Document 10. The physiology of the kidney Document 11: The benefits of physiological research Document 12. A holistic view of the body Document 13: The benefits of exercise Document 14. Health and sunlight Document 15: Domestic remedies Document 16: Patent medicines Document 17. Hydropathic treatment Document 18: Treatment of heart disease Document 19. The experience of surgery Document 20. An appeal for funds Document 21. Rules from Huddersfield Infirmary Document 22. Hospital design Document 23. The patient's experience Document 24. Asylum design Document 25: Medical training in London Document 26. Setting up in practice Document 27. Unity in the profession Document 28. Opposition to the Colleges Document 29. Opposition to homeopaths Document 30. Opposition to women doctors Document 31. Nurse training Document 32. Insanitary conditions in cities Document 33. Public health in central and local government Document 34. Health education Document 35 The work of the Medical Officer of Health Document 36. The cause of infant mortality Document 37. The new National Health Service References Glossary Further Reading Index

About the Author

Deborah Brunton was a senior lecturer in the History of Medicine at The Open University. Her previous publications include Health and Wellness in the Nineteenth Century (2014), The Politics of Vaccination. Practice and Policy in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, 1800-1874 (2008), Medicine Transformed: Health, Disease and Society in Europe 1800-1930 (2004) and Health, Disease and Society in Europe 1800-1930: A Sourcebook (2004).


'This easy to read and engaging book offers a comprehensive overview of the history of medicine in modern Britain, including the various approaches, sources and terminology used by medical historians. I enthusiastically recommend this book to students as an up-to-date introduction to the history of medicine that identifies geographical variations in British experiences of health and medicine, and that touches upon recent research themes such as 'health' and 'domestic' medicine'.

Kathryn Woods, University of Warwick, UK

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