Health and welfare

Harris, Bernard (2014) Health and welfare. In: The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 122-150. ISBN 9781107038462

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Abstract

This chapter presents a detailed overview of developments in health and welfare in Britain since 1870. It includes sections dealing with the following topics: mortality, height and weight, and morbidity; the causes of improvements in health, including sub-sections on diet, disease exposure, and medical intervention; and various aspects of the historical development of the 'mixed economy of welfare', including families, neighbourhood and community, mutual aid, private and commercial welfare, charity, and the state. The conclusion explores the relationship between the growth of the welfare state and improvements in health, and seeks to place British developments in a more international context.