Health and welfare

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain
    Subtitle of host publicationGrowth and Decline, 1870 to the Present
    EditorsRoderick Floud, Jane Humphries, Paul Johnson
    Place of PublicationCambridge
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Number of pages29
    ISBN (Print)9781107038462
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2014


    • health
    • welfare
    • United Kingdom
    • diet
    • disease exposure
    • mortality
    • height and weight
    • morbidity
    • improvements in health

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