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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Alex Mold, Peder Clark, Gareth Millward, Daisy Payling
    Pages 1-6 Open Access
  3. Alex Mold, Peder Clark, Gareth Millward, Daisy Payling
    Pages 7-32 Open Access
  4. Alex Mold, Peder Clark, Gareth Millward, Daisy Payling
    Pages 33-65 Open Access
  5. Alex Mold, Peder Clark, Gareth Millward, Daisy Payling
    Pages 67-97 Open Access
  6. Alex Mold, Peder Clark, Gareth Millward, Daisy Payling
    Pages 99-129 Open Access
  7. Alex Mold, Peder Clark, Gareth Millward, Daisy Payling
    Pages 131-137 Open Access
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 139-141

About this book

Introduction

This open access book explores the question of who or what ‘the public’ is within ‘public health’ in post-war Britain. Drawing on historical research on the place of the public in public health in Britain from the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948, the book presents a new perspective on the relationship between state and citizen. Focusing on health education, health surveys, heart disease and the development of vaccination policy and practice, the book establishes that ‘the public’ was not one thing but many. It considers how public health policy makers and practitioners imagined the public or publics. These publics were not mere constructions; they had agency and the ability to ‘speak back’ to public health. The nature of publicness changed during the latter half of the twentieth century, and this book argues that the relationship between the public and public health offers a powerful lens through which to examine such shifts.

Keywords

Chronic conditions Disease Living conditions Welfare Social policy Morbidity Public policy National Health Service Devolution Health education Health survey Vaccination Heart disease Policymakers Doctors Patients Citizens Open Access

Authors and affiliations

  • Alex Mold
    • 1
  • Peder Clark
    • 2
  • Gareth Millward
    • 3
  • Daisy Payling
    • 4
  1. 1.Centre for History in Public HealthLondon School of Hygiene & Tropical MedicineLondonUK
  2. 2.Centre for History in Public HealthLondon School of Hygiene & Tropical MedicineLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of HistoryUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK
  4. 4.Department of HistoryUniversity of EssexColchesterUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-18685-2
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-18684-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-18685-2
  • Buy this book on publisher's site