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1. Public Health in the 19th Century
About this Lecture
In this module, we look at how public health functioned in the 19th century. We start by looking at the general trends in medicine throughout the 18th and 19th century, attempting to explain how the health of people in Britain improved throughout this period. This was largely the result of two factors: (i) economic development; and (ii) public health (particularly in cities). Advances in medical science were less important than what is often assumed.
In this course, Professor Martin Gorsky (LSHTM) explores the history of public health in the 20th century. We start by looking at what public health was like during the 19th century and before the creation of the NHS. We have a look at general trends across the century and also look at how both primary and secondary care functioned before the changes of the 20th century. We then turn to examine how the NHS came into being, taking a look at the impact of Wold War Two on its creation. Finally we look at how public health has developed since the creation of the NHS.
Professor Martin Gorsky is professor of the history of public health at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). His research focuses on the history of health systems in the West since the late 19th century. He has written widely on the subject of public health including his books Patterns of Philanthropy and Financing Medicine.
Cite this Lecture
Gorsky, M. (2021, September 29). Medicine Through Time – Public Health in the 20th Century, 1900-2015 - Public Health in the 19th Century [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/medicine-through-time-public-health-in-the-20th-century/public-health-in-the-19th-century
Gorsky, Martin. "Medicine Through Time – Public Health in the 20th Century, 1900-2015 – Public Health in the 19th Century." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 29 Sep 2021, https://www.massolit.io/courses/medicine-through-time-public-health-in-the-20th-century/public-health-in-the-19th-century