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Health, Civilization and the State : A History of Public Health from Ancient to Modern Times - Dorothy Porter

Health, Civilization and the State

A History of Public Health from Ancient to Modern Times

Hardcover Published: 3rd December 1998
ISBN: 9780415122443
Number Of Pages: 388

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"Health, Civilization and the State" examines the social, economic and political issues of public health provision in historical perspective. Focusing on Britain, Continental Europe and the United States, Dorothy Porter provides a comprehensive outline of the development of public health care from the ancient world to the modern state. Covering a broad range of historical issues, the book includes discussion of: pestilence, public order and morality in pre-modern times; the Enlightenment and its effects; health care centralization in Victorian Britain; localization of health care in the United States; population issues and family welfare; the rise of the classic welfare state; and current attitudes towards public health as we approach the twenty-first century.

"Dorothy Porter's latest contribution to public health history is an ambitious undertaking that builds upon her earlier and well-known work. Her aim in Health, Civilization and the State is to provide a synthesis of public health history in Europe and North America.." -Peter Twohig, Dalhousie University

Introduction: Changing definitions of the history of public healthp. 1
Population, health and pre-modern statesp. 9
Health and morality in the ancient worldp. 11
Pestilence and public order in medieval Europep. 24
Enlightenment discourse and healthp. 46
The right to health and the modern statep. 63
Social science and the quantitative analysis of healthp. 65
Epidemics and social dislocation in the nineteenth centuryp. 79
Public health and the modern state: France, Sweden and Germanyp. 97
Public health and centralization: the Victorian British statep. 111
The enforcement of health and resistancep. 128
Localization and health salvation in the United Statesp. 147
The obligations of health in the twentieth centuryp. 163
The quality of population and family welfare: human reproduction, eugenics and social policyp. 165
Health and the rise of the classic welfare statep. 196
Conditional citizenship: the new political economy of healthp. 231
Preparing for the twenty-first centuryp. 279
Being fit to live in the twenty-first century: healthy bodies and somatic mapsp. 281
Epiloguep. 314
Bibliographyp. 320
Indexp. 361
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ISBN: 9780415122443
ISBN-10: 0415122449
Series: Wellcome Institute Series in the History of Medicine
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 3rd December 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 16.1  x 3.38
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 1