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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

  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

About the authors

Alex Mold is Associate Professor in History and Director of the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.

Peder Clark is a Research Assistant on the Placing the Public in Public Health project at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.

Gareth Millward is a Wellcome Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick, UK.

Daisy Payling is a Senior Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at the University of Essex, UK.


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Placing the Public in Public Health in Post-War Britain, 1948–2012
  • Authors Alex Mold
    Peder Clark
    Gareth Millward
    Daisy Payling
  • Series Title Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History
  • Series Abbreviated Title Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History
  • 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 History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-18684-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-18687-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-18685-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 141
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
    History of Medicine
    Health Policy
    Modern History
    Social History
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Reviews

“It should be in the hands of officers of public health services, as well as lawmakers concerned with public health. At the same time-and going beyond a functional reading-it will be of interest to all readers curious about the history of public health services, sociology in the field of contemporary medicine, and communication in medicine.” (Alain Touwaide, Doody’s Book Reviews, March 27, 2020)