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Caring For Health:  History and Diversity By Charles Webster

Caring For Health: History and Diversity
by Charles Webster

Considers the historical development of health care since 1500. While focusing primarily on the United Kingdom, this work also traces the impact of European systems of health care on the colonial territories in the past, and its echoes in the relationship between the advanced economies and the developing world.
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Caring For Health: History and Diversity Summary


Caring For Health: History and Diversity by Charles Webster

This book considers the historical development of health care from 1500 to the present day. The authors adopt a broad interdisciplinary framework to draw on the most recent research in the fields of medical and social history. While focusing primarily on the United Kingdom, they also trace the impact of European systems of health care on the colonial territories in the past, and its echoes in the relationship between the advanced economies and the developing world today. The central premise of the book is that the strengths and limitations of health care systems around the world can only be understood in the light of past practices and structures. For instance, only by reference to the historical record is it possible to understand the reasons for the dominance of acute hospital specialities, the Cinderella status of chronic care, the prejudice against alternative medicine, the difficulties experienced in regulating the medical profession, or in determining the sphere of responsibility exercized by nurses.

Caring for Health: History and Diversity explores the growth of state involvement in health care, culminating with the welfare state model in the twentieth century. The serious dilemmas confronting attempts to modernize health care are explored with particular reference to the UK National Health Service. Other important themes include: the shifting boundaries between formal and lay care, with particular attention to the role of women as health-care providers; the emergence of specialized health-care occupations and their extending aspirations to professionalization; and the changing definitions of public health and community care. It offers a comparative analysis of current methods of delivering and financing health care in the developed and developing world, and asks whether economic integration is leading inexorably towards a global health-care system.

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Caring For Health: History and Diversity Reviews


"This remains a classic textbook." -- Social History of Medicine Social History of Medicine 20031028

About Charles Webster


Charles Webster is a Fellow of All Souls College at Oxford University.

Table of Contents


History and diversity
Pre-industrial health care, 1500-1750
The Industrial Revolution, 1750-1848
The era of public health, 1848-1918
Chaos and crisis in healthcare, 1918-1948
Mobilization for total welfare, 1948-1974
Caring for health in the UK, 1974 to the new millenium
Healthcare in the developing world, 1974-2000
International patterns of healthcare, 1960s-2000
Conclusions
Abbreviations list
References and further sources, including internet sites
Index.

Additional information

GOR001229369
Caring For Health: History and Diversity by Charles Webster
Charles Webster
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Open University Press
2001-09-01
384
0335208401
9780335208401
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