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

Steven King


This book explores the welfare experiences of the sick poor between the 1750s and through the so-called crisis of the Old Poor Law ending in the 1830s. It brings together a large dataset of accounts, vestry minutes, bills, contracts and letters by or about the poor to provide 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 that medical welfare became a totemic issue for parochial authorities by the 1830s. The book suggests that the Old Poor L ... More

Keywords: Poor Law, Doctors, Medical Welfare, Hospitals, Asylums

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526129000
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526129000.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven King, author
Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Leicester

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