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Medicine and Charity Before the Welfare State : Studies in the Social History of Medicine - Jonathan Barry

Medicine and Charity Before the Welfare State

Studies in the Social History of Medicine

By: Jonathan Barry (Editor), Colin Jones (Editor)

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Published: 10th March 1994
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"Medicine and Charity Before the Welfare State" offers a broad perspective on the relationship between charity and medicine from Middle Ages to the advent of welfare states in the 20th century.
As America attempts to overhaul its health and welfare systems, this book deals with issues that are not only of historical significance but of current relevance as well. Medical history is analysed not just as an integral part of social history, but as offering a powerful insight into relations between donors, practitioners and patients and with the wider society.
This volume emphasizes the changing balance of care' and cure' as the aim of medical charity, and shows how economic and political factors influence the varying forms of charity. Through detailed case studies, the authors highlight significant differences between various countries, and offer a critical vocabulary for grasping the issues raised.

'The book successfully challenges artificial distinctions such as between modern medical treatment and traditional charitable help or private charity and public welfare assistance. It also aruges that charity is never simply a response to obvious social needs. Rather, the growth of charity has had much to do with the self-image and political priorities of donors as with the needs and wants of recipients.' - Contemporary Sociology

'This collection is recommended for its conceptual arguments about the integral and continuing role of charity in medicine but also for historical writing which confronts much of orthodox and contemporary interpretation. ... the theoretical arguments are sustained by the case studies used and the text provides stimulus to continue this style of research and writing.' - Social History Society Bulletin

' A fascinating examination of a complex and important topic with far-ranging implications for our own understanding of caring and curing today.' - Lancet

'This is a mine of information for all those interested in the development of our hospitals and nursing services including domiciliary nursing before the NHS. There are 13 essays in this collection, each written by an eminent historian. The chapters complement each other, being very well researched and fully indexed.' - Nursing Times

Prefacep. x
Introductionp. 1
Notesp. 12
Imagining Medieval Hospitalsp. 14
Healing the Poorp. 26
The Motivations of Benefactorsp. 46
'Hardly a Hospital, but a Charity for Pauper Lunatics'?p. 63
Notesp. 77
Two Medical Charities in Eighteenth-Century Londonp. 82
The Societe de Charite Maternelle, 1788-1815p. 98
Urban Growth and Medical Charityp. 113
The Costs and Benefits of Caringp. 133
Lay and Medical Conceptions of Medical Charity during the Nineteenth Centuryp. 149
The Function and Malfunction of Mutual Aid Societies in Nineteenth-Century Francep. 172
The Modernization of Charity in Nineteenth-Century France and Germanyp. 190
Government and Charity in the Distressed Mining Areas of England and Wales, 1928-30p. 207
The Aches of Industryp. 225
Indexp. 246
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ISBN: 9780415111362
ISBN-10: 0415111366
Series: Studies in the Social History of Medicine
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 10th March 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1