Health & Medicine through Time

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  • Health & Medicine

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    Attitudes to sickness and health have played a key role across different civilisations and throughout time. The emphasis placed by the ancient societies of Egypt and Greece on the human body are discussed under this theme and the impact those beliefs had on society as it developed. Changes in welfare...

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  • The development of the Department of Health

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    Health as a specific feature of central government strategy is a relatively recent phenomenon and Hugh Gault identifies how this feature of everyday headlines in our newspapers has been managed until the present time. At the start of the twentieth  century Lord Salisbury’s Cabinet comprised four Secretaries of State –...

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  • Epidemic disease in Restoration London (Film)

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    Presidential Lecture: London’s Dreaded Visitation: the impact and nature of epidemic disease in Restoration London and after Justin Champion, President of the Historical Association and Professor of the History of Early Modern Ideas, Royal Holloway, University of London This lecture explored the epidemiology of disease in metropolitan London, exploring by...

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  • WWI and the flu pandemic

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    In our continuing Aspects of War series Hugh Gault reveals that theflu pandemic, which began during the First World War, presentedanother danger that challenged people’s lives and relationships. Wounded in the neck on the first day of the battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916, Arthur Conan Doyle’s son Kingsley...

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  • Podcast: The Historical Medicalization of Homosexuality & Transvestism

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    In this podcast, Dr Tommy Dickinson of the University of Manchester, looks at the historical medicalization of homosexuality and transvestism.  1. Introduction.2. The impact of British Press in framing British perceptions.3. European research into sexual pathology.4. The emergence of 'sexology' in Britain.5. The influence of Freud.6. The impact of WW2...

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  • The world in 1913: friendly societies

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    Friendly societies were designed to help members to cope with the illness, death or unemployment of a household's breadwinner. Each month members, mostly men, paid into the society, often at a meeting in a pub and in return payments from the pooled funds were made to ill members and to...

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  • Four faces of nursing and the First World War

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    With the centenary approaching, article after article will appear on battles, the men who fought, those who refused, those that died, those who returned and those that made the decisions. There will be articles on the home front and the women that stepped into the men's shoes often to be...

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  • NHS Reform Timeline

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    As the recent Health and Social Care Act (2012) shows, the NHS has been subject to much change since its inception in 1948. Having recently celebrated its 64th birthday, the NHS is entering another period of significant change.To mark these changes, and to show them in their historical context, the...

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  • Medieval Medicine Podcast

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    In this HA Podcast Ian Dawson looks at medicine during the medieval period.

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  • Local Reports to the General Board of Health

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    Two influences have to be distinguished in the making of these reports. Firstly, epidemic dangers and insanitary conditions in the towns led to the passing of the Public Health Act (11 & 12 Vict. Cap. 63) in 1848. The General Board of Health was set up with powers to inquire...

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  • Richard Lower

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    Daniel Borlase from Truro College spoke about his local hero Richard Lower.Richard Lower (1631-17 January 1691) was a British physician who played an important part in the development of medical science. He is most remembered for his works on transfusion and the function of the cardiopulmonary system (Tractatus de Corde).

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  • Anorexia Nervosa in the nineteenth century

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    First referred to by Richard Morton (1637-98) in his Phthisiologia under the denomination phthisis nervosa as long ago as 1689, anorexia nervosa was given its name in a note by Sir William Gull (1816-90) in 1874. Gull had earlier described a disorder he termed apepsia hysterica, involving extreme emaciation without...

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  • Child Health & School meals: Nottingham 1906-1945

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    Following Jamie Oliver’s devastating television series on the inadequacy of school meals the present government has been quick to be seen to address the situation. In September 2005, Ruth Kelly, the then Education Secretary, announced a war on junk food in schools.1 This was nothing new, because the history of...

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  • England Arise! The General Election of 1945

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    The past week will live in history for two things', announced the Sunday Times of 29 July 1945, 'first the return of a Labour majority to Parliament and the end of Churchill's great war Premiership.' Most other newspapers concurred. The Daily Mirror, of 27 July, proclaimed that the 1945 general...

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  • The Origins of the Local Government Service

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    The concept ‘local government’ dates only from the middle of the nineteenth century. ‘Local government service’ emerged later still. In 1903 Redlich and Hirst1 wrote of ‘municipal officers’, while in 1922 Robson2 preferred ‘the municipal civil service’. ‘Local government service’ perhaps derives its pedigree from its use in the final...

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  • Cholera and the Fight for Public Health Reform in Mid-Victorian England

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    Of the many social changes that occurred during the Victorian age, public health reform is widely agreed to be one of the most significant. In the early Victorian era the vast majority of Britons drank water from murky ponds and rivers, carried to their dwellings in buckets; and their excrement...

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