'Healthcare in Ireland and Britain from 1850', eds. Donnacha Seán Lucey and Virginia Crossman


Edited by Donnacha Seán Lucey and Virginia Crossman


This volume explores developments in health and social care in Ireland and Britain during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The central objectives are to highlight the role of voluntarism in healthcare, to examine healthcare in local and regional contexts, and to provide comparative perspectives. The collection is based on two interconnected and overlapping research themes: voluntarism and healthcare, and regionalism/localism and healthcare. It includes two synoptic overviews by leading authorities in the field, and ten case studies focusing on particular aspects of voluntary and/or regional healthcare in Ireland and Britain.

Published in 2014 as part of the IHR Conference Series

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Table of contents

About the contributors

Donnacha Seán Lucey and Virginia Crossman

I. Historiographical directions

1. ‘Voluntarism’ in English health and welfare: visions of history
Martin Gorsky

2. Healthcare systems in Britain and Ireland in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: the national, international and sub-national contexts
John Stewart

II. Voluntary hospital provision

3. Paying for health: comparative perspectives on patient payment and contributions for hospital provision in Ireland
Donnacha Seán Lucey and George Campbell Gosling

4. ‘Why have a Catholic Hospital at all?’ The Mater Infirmorum Hospital Belfast and the state, 1883–1972
Peter Martin

5. Cottage hospitals and communities in rural East Devon, 1919–39
Julia Neville

III. Healthcare and the mixed economy

6. The mixed economy of care in the South Wales coalfield, c.1850–1950
Steven Thompson

7. ‘… it would be preposterous to bring a Protestant here’: religion, provincial politics and district nurses in Ireland, 1890–1904
Ciara Breathnach

8. To ‘solve the darkest Social Problems of our time’: the Church of Scotland’s entry into the British matrix of health and welfare provision, c.1880–1914
Janet Greenlees

IV. Public health, voluntarism and local government

9. Feverish activity: Dublin City Council and the smallpox outbreak of 1902–3
Ciarán Wallace

10. Influenza: the Irish Local Government Board’s last great crisis
Ida Milne

11. The roots of regionalism: municipal medicine from the Local Government Board to the Dawson Report
Sally Sheard