The half century between 1885 and 1935 witnessed an unprecedented
expansion of preventive and therapeutic services offered by the
state through its local authorities. Behind the expansion in public
services were also profound changes in attitudes toward poverty and
dependency and toward the political and cultural significance of
health; changes in social policy and administration; and changes in
the understanding of the causes of disease. This book examines this
time of change through the ideas and experiences of one prominent
participant, Sir Arthur Newsholme. Professor Eyler draws particular
attention to Newsholme's role in constructing a highly successful
local health programme; his tenure as the Medical Officer of the
Local Government Board in Whitehall where he launched some of its
boldest programmes including national health insurance; his
post-retirement studies of international health systems; and his
statistical and epidemiological studies and their connection to his
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