A Proletarian Public Sphere: Working-class provision of medical services and care in South Wales, c.1900-1948

Type Chapter
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedicine in Wales, c.1800-2000: Public Service or Private Commodity?
EditorsAnne Borsay
PublisherGwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press
Pages86-107
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9780708318249, 070831824X
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2003
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Abstract

Medicine in Wales, c.1800–2000 is the first book to deal with the history of medicine in Wales in an interdisciplinary context. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, from documentary records to film, oral testimony, and participatory social research, the essays collected here examine how the relationships between the public and the private provision of healthcare have changed since the Industrial Revolution. Individual case studies explore themes that range from the water supply to suicide, from mutual aid to industrial rehabilitation and the medical inspection of school children, and from nursing during the First World War to experiences of childbirth and health visiting after 1945.