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Health and Wealth - Studies in History and Policy. Rochester Studies in Medical History. (Electronic book text)
Health and Wealth - Studies in History and Policy. Rochester Studies in Medical History. (Electronic book text): Simon Szreter
Health and Wealth - Studies in History and Policy. Rochester Studies in Medical History. (Electronic book text): Simon Szreter

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Today's complex policy problems cannot be understood by the social, medical and policy sciences, alone. History is also required to interpret the present and to inform attempts to mould the future. The essays in this volume seek to bring an historical perspective to bear on today's national and international policy concerns and to present original historical research, which challenges conventional assumptions and viewpoints. In Health and Wealth the essays in Part I offer an historian's reappraisal of several of the most influential ideas dealing with the relationships between health and economic development in the post-war international policy sciences, such as demographic transition theory; the McKeown thesis; and the population health approach. Part II presents a distinctive interpretation of the course and causes of mortality change in Britain during the 'long century' of industrialisation, c.1780-1914. British history shows that rapid economic growth is a highly disruptive process, unleashing potentially deadly challenges. The key to life and death in Britain lay less in medical science or rising living standards than in the changing electoral politics of the nation's industrial cities. Class relations, political economy, ideology, religion and the public health movement were all significant elements in this story. A late-Victorian flowering of vigorous municipal government was the precursor to central state activism in the twentieth-century. Part III reflects on history to make direct contributions to contentious current policy issues. The persistence of social and health inequalities today in developed nations and debates over the new concept of social capital are addressed, along with the economic and health problems of today's less developed countries.

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Imprint: University of Rochester Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2005
Authors: Simon Szreter
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 520
ISBN-13: 978-6611383008
Barcode: 9786611383008
Categories: Promotions
Books > Medicine > General issues > Health systems & services
Books > Medicine > General issues > Health systems & services > General
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social issues
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social issues > General
LSN: 661138300X

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