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“Kindly see to the matter”: Local communities and the development of rural public health, 1870-1920

Waddington, Keir ORCID: 2023. “Kindly see to the matter”: Local communities and the development of rural public health, 1870-1920. Borowy, Iris and Harris, Bernard, eds. Yearbook for the History of Global Development, Vol. 2. Berlin: De Gruyter, (10.1515/9783111015583-002)

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This essay demonstrates how efforts to improve public health in Britain were not marginal to the socio-cultural changes that shaped the countryside in the decades between the passing of the 1872 Public Health Act and the end of the First World War. It does not judge rural communities against the technical solutions to sanitary problems adopted by towns -- often London or Manchester in the existing literature -- nor does it measure the scale of improvement through loans or mortality rates or seeks to determine whether rural sanitary intervention was adequate or not. Instead, it uses archival evidence from rural authorities to show how framing rural public health as under-developed is to under-estimate the scale of self-instigated rural activity to reduce infectious disease and tackle environmental problems.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Publisher: De Gruyter
ISBN: 9783111015583
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 January 2023
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 10:14

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