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Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History
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Placing the Public in Public Health in Post-War Britain, 1948–2012

Authors: Mold, A., Clark, P., Millward, G., Payling, D.

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  • This open access title explores the changing role of the ‘public’ in public health policy and practice in post-war Britain, through to the present day
  • Focuses on several key issues in twentieth-century public health, including the changing nature of health education, the health survey, the response to heart disease, and the development of vaccination policy and practice
  • Presents a new perspective on the relationship between state and citizen in the post-war period
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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.

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.


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-6

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  • The Public and Public Health

    Pages 7-32

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  • Imagining Publics

    Pages 33-65

    Mold, Alex (et al.)

  • Speaking Back

    Pages 67-97

    Mold, Alex (et al.)

  • Changing Publicness

    Pages 99-129

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Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-18685-2
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover 29,12 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-18684-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Placing the Public in Public Health in Post-War Britain, 1948–2012
Authors
Series Title
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-18685-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18685-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18684-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 141
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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