Health & Medicine through Time

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 and hygiene are explored as are attitudes to cleanliness and the eradication of disease. The radical changes to the understanding, experimentation and application of medicine from the nineteenth century to today are an important part of this theme and are explored here.

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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,...

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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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  • Anorexia Nervosa in the nineteenth century

    Article

    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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  • 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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