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
Part of the book series: Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History (MBSMH)
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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.
- Chronic conditions
- Living conditions
- Social policy
- Public policy
- National Health Service
- Health education
- Health survey
- Heart disease
- Open Access
Authors and Affiliations
Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK
Alex Mold, Peder Clark
Department of History, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
Department of History, University of Essex, Colchester, UK
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.
Book Title: Placing the Public in Public Health in Post-War Britain, 1948–2012
Authors: Alex Mold, Peder Clark, Gareth Millward, Daisy Payling
Series Title: Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History
Publisher: Palgrave Pivot Cham
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
License: CC BY
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-18684-5Published: 27 May 2019
eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-18685-2Published: 16 May 2019
Series ISSN: 2947-9142
Series E-ISSN: 2947-9150
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: VIII, 141
Number of Illustrations: 1 illustrations in colour