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Sickness, medical welfare and the English poor, 1750-1834, Steven King

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Sickness, medical welfare and the English poor, 1750-1834
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Sickness, medical welfare and the English poor, 1750-1834
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Steven King
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  • '<I>Sickness, medical welfare </i><i>and the English poor</i> explores the welfare experiences of the sick poor from the 1750s through to the 1830s, covering the so-called 'crisis of the Old Poor Law'. Drawing together a considerable amount of data - from accounts, vestry minutes and bills, to letters written by, for or about the poor - this study provides a comprehensive and colourful overview of the nature, scale and negotiation of medical welfare. At its core stand the words and lives of the poor themselves, reconstructed in painstaking detail to show how medical welfare became a totemic issue for parochial authorities by the 1830s. The Old Poor Law confronted a rising tide of sickness by the early nineteenth century. Whilst there were certainly instances of parsimony and neglect in response to rising need, this was not the norm, with parish officers more often feeling a strong sense of moral obligation to the sick. This can be attributed to a sense of Christian paternalism, but we also see other factors at play. There was a growing sense that illness amongst the poor was remediable and that there was scope for negotiation of the relief package between paupers, advocates and officials. The result was a canvas of medical welfare with extraordinary colour and depth. By the 1820s, more of the ill-health of ordinary people was captured by the Poor Law and being doctored or sojourning in an institution became part of pauper and parochial expectation. These trends are brought to vivid life in the words of the poor and their advocates, with the study offering a re-interpretation of the Old Poor Law in its later phases' --Back cover
  • At the core of this book are three central contentions: That medical welfare became the totemic function of the Old Poor Law in its last few decades; that the poor themselves were able to negotiate this medical welfare rather than simply being subject to it; and that being doctored and institutionalised became part of the norm for the sick poor by the 1820s, in a way that had not been the case in the 1750s. Exploring the lives and medical experiences of the poor largely in their own words, <i>Sickness, medical welfare and the English poor</i> offers a comprehensive reinterpretation of the so-called crisis of the Old Poor Law from the later eighteenth century. The sick poor became an insistent presence in the lives of officials and parishes and the (largely positive) way that communities responded to their dire needs must cause us to rethink the role and character of the poor law
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1966-
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King, Steven
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Academic
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In English
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non fiction
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Manchester University Press
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  • Manchester History of Medicine
  • Social histories of medicine
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  • Poor
  • Poor
  • England
  • England
  • MEDICAL / History
  • Poor
  • Social conditions
  • England
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Sickness, medical welfare and the English poor, 1750-1834, Steven King
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Part I: Locating sickness and medical welfare -- 1. The ecology of poor relief -- 2. Defining and measuring -- 3. Negotiating medical welfare -- Part II: The scale and character of medical welfare -- 4. Treating the sick poor: a quantitative overview -- 5. Medical People -- 6. Wider medical welfare -- 7. Dying, being buried and leaving people behind -- Part III: Parochial medical welfare in context -- 8. Institutions and the sick poor -- 9. The medical economy of makeshifts -- 10. Making sense of diversity -- Appendix -- Bibliography -- Index
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1 online resource (408 pages)
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9781526129017
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10.7765/9781526129017
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22573/ctv189d1x5
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(OCoLC)1155123725
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Sickness, medical welfare and the English poor, 1750-1834, Steven King
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Locating sickness and medical welfare -- 1. The ecology of poor relief -- 2. Defining and measuring -- 3. Negotiating medical welfare -- Part II: The scale and character of medical welfare -- 4. Treating the sick poor: a quantitative overview -- 5. Medical People -- 6. Wider medical welfare -- 7. Dying, being buried and leaving people behind -- Part III: Parochial medical welfare in context -- 8. Institutions and the sick poor -- 9. The medical economy of makeshifts -- 10. Making sense of diversity -- Appendix -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
on1155123725
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 online resource (408 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781526129017
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7765/9781526129017
Other physical details
maps (black & white)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv189d1x5
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unknown
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unknown
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)1155123725

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