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2. Primary Care Before the NHS
About this Lecture
In this module, we look at primary care in the 19th century. Throughout the century, the family physician became a respected and professionalised role. However, primary care was still very much in private hands with doctors charging patients for their services. Most people started paying for doctors with an early form of medical insurance called friendly societies.
In this course, Professor Martin Gorsky (LSHTM) explores the history of public health in the 20th century. We start by looking at what public health was like during the 19th century and before the creation of the NHS. We have a look at general trends across the century and also look at how both primary and secondary care functioned before the changes of the 20th century. We then turn to examine how the NHS came into being, taking a look at the impact of Wold War Two on its creation. Finally we look at how public health has developed since the creation of the NHS.
Professor Martin Gorsky is professor of the history of public health at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). His research focuses on the history of health systems in the West since the late 19th century. He has written widely on the subject of public health including his books Patterns of Philanthropy and Financing Medicine.
Cite this Lecture
Gorsky, M. (2021, September 29). Medicine Through Time – Public Health in the 20th Century, 1900-2015 - Primary Care Before the NHS [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/medicine-through-time-public-health-in-the-20th-century/primary-care-before-the-nhs
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