Healthcare in Ireland and Britain 1850-1970

Voluntary, regional and comparative perspectives

D. S. Lucey and Virginia Crossman (eds.)

This volume explores developments in health and social care in Ireland and Britain during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The central objectives are to highlight the role of voluntarism in healthcare, to examine healthcare in local and regional contexts, and to provide comparative perspectives. The collection is based on two interconnected and overlapping research themes: voluntarism and healthcare, and regionalism/localism and healthcare. It includes two synoptic overviews by leading authorities in the field, and ten case studies focusing on particular aspects of voluntary and/or regional healthcare in Ireland and Britain.

Price: £40.00, hbk.
ISBN: 978-1-909646-02-5
Published: February 2015

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Table of contents

Section I: Historiographical directions

‘Voluntarism’ in English health and welfare: visions of history - Martin Gorsky

Healthcare systems in Britain and Ireland in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: the international, national and sub-national contexts - John Stewart

Section II: Voluntary hospital provision

Paying for health: comparative perspectives on patient payment and contributions for hospital provision in Ireland - George Campbell Gosling and Donnacha Seán Lucey

‘Why have a Catholic Hospital at all?’ The Mater Infirmorum Hospital Belfast and the state, 1883-1972 - Peter Martin

Cottage hospitals and communities in rural East Devon, 1919-39 - Julia Neville

Section III: Healthcare and the mixed economy

The mixed economy of care in the South Wales coalfield, c.1850-1950 - Steven Thompson

‘… it would be preposterous to bring a Protestant here’: religion, provincial politics and district nurses in Ireland, 1890-1904 - Ciara Breathnach

To ‘solve the darkest Social Problems of our time’: the Church of Scotland’s entry into the British matrix of health and welfare provision, c.1880-1914 - Janet Greenlees

Section IV: Public health, voluntarism and local government

Feverish activity: Dublin City Council and the smallpox outbreak of 1902-3 - Ciaran Wallace

Influenza: ‘the Irish Local Government Board’s last great crisis’ - Ida Milne

The roots of regionalism: municipal medicine from the Local Government Board to the Dawson Report - Sally Sheard