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Health and Society in Britain since 1939

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Part of New Studies in Economic and Social History

  • Date Published: June 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521572309

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  • British health policy has undergone radical change in the postwar period and Virginia Berridge provides here a concise and accessible survey of these changes since 1939. While the rise, and recent decline, of the NHS is examined in detail, this book also looks at the changes in the role of doctors and associated medical professions, and the recent emphasis on "health promotion" and "primary care." Also considered are the role that lay people, especially women, play in providing health care, and the transition of the individual from "patient" to "consumer."

    • Up-to-date, comprehensive analysis of health services (the NHS), health policy, and also British health per se
    • Authoritative presentation of the most recent research, and the current, and historic, debates in this area
    • Of use to students of British history, as well as those doing policy studies and/or social policy, and the history of medicine
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… a very valuable attempt to map out the terrain on which many future histories are likely to be written.' The Economic History Review

    ' … an impressive and exhaustive study by two scholars with established reputations in this field.' Political Studies

    'This book deserves a place on seminar reading lists throughout the land.' Medical History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521572309
    • length: 146 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: historiographical contexts. Writing about the war and the post-war period
    2. Health and the Second World War
    3. Health policy, health and society, 1948–74
    4. Health policy, health and society, 1974–90s
    Further reading.

  • Author

    Virginia Berridge, University of London

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