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

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526129000

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526129000.001.0001

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Institutions and the sick poor

Institutions and the sick poor

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

Steven King

Manchester University Press

This chapter shows that the workhouse was the single biggest category of institutional engagement by parish officers. In turn, most workhouse inmates were sick. Yet the workhouse played a variable part in medical welfare spending in most places. Only in Norfolk was its presence concerted and long-lasting. Over time, the range of engagements between parishes and other types of institution, notably hospitals, expanded massively. By the 1820s an institutional sojourn became an anticipated and expected parish response to sickness.

Keywords:   Workhouses, Hospitals, Institutions

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