Medicine, Health and the Public Sphere in Britain, 1600-2000 by Steve Sturdy

By Steve Sturdy

Drugs is worried with the main intimate features of personal lifestyles. but it's also a spotlight for varied kinds of public association and motion. during this quantity, a global crew of students use the ideas of scientific background to examine the altering barriers and structure of the general public sphere from early modernity to the current day. In a sequence of unique old case experiences, participants learn the position of varied public associations - either formal and casual, voluntary and statutory - in organizing and coordinating collective motion on scientific concerns. In so doing, they problem the determinism and fatalism of Habermas's overarching and functionalist account of the increase and fall of the general public sphere. Of crucial curiosity to historians and sociologists of medication, this publication may also be of worth to historians of recent Britain, old sociologists, and people engaged in learning the paintings of J?rgen Habermas.

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In effect, during the inter-war years the voluntary hospitals ceased to be managed and directed by their contributing publics, and came more closely to resemble private corporations providing medical services for a public of paying consumers. The lesson is even starker if we look at the medical research charities, which displaced the hospitals as the major medical beneficiaries of public giving from the 1890s onwards. David Cantor’s contribution to the present volume examines the case of the Empire Rheumatism Council—later the Arthritis and Rheumatism Council for Research (ARC)—established in 1936 to promote research into the rheumatic diseases.

It should of course be stressed that central government could not simply assume new statutory powers against the concerted wishes of those over whom such powers were to be exercised. Logie Barrow makes this clear in his chapter on the failure of the Vaccination Acts. Passed in the 1850s and 1860s, these Acts made it an offence for parents to refuse to vaccinate their children, while providing a free public vaccination service for those who could not afford to have the operation performed privately.

Innovations in Health and Medicine Diffusion and resistance in the twentieth century Edited by Jenny Stanton 15. Contagion Historical and Cultural Studies Edited by Alison Bashford and Claire Hooker 16. Medicine, Health and the Public Sphere in Britain, 1600–2000 Edited by Steve Sturdy 17. Sutphen and Bridie Andrews Page iv This page intentionally left blank. Page v Medicine, Health and the Public Sphere in Britain, 1600–2000 Edited by Steve Sturdy LONDON AND NEW YORK Page vi First published 2002 by Routledge 11 New Fetter Lane, London EC4P 4EE Simultaneously published in the USA and Canada by Routledge 29 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001 Routledge is an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group This edition published in the Taylor & Francis e-Library, 2003.

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