Journals Higher Education



Published: 23 March 2017

224 Pages | 16 black & white illustrations

8.5x5.4 inches

ISBN: 9781526114327

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Payment and philanthropy in British healthcare, 1918-48

First Edition

George Campbell Gosling

Published by Manchester University Press

Social Histories of Medicine MUP Series

  • The first in-depth investigation into the workings, scale and meaning of paying the hospital in Britain before the NHS
  • Makes an important contribution to the social history of modern Britain, drawing our attention to the adaptability of deeply-ingrained traditions of philanthropy and class distinction
  • Shows that the arrival of payment and private patients in British hospitals was far from a consumer revolution, but found an unlikely accommodation with deep-rooted traditions of medical charity
  • Charts the emergence of a new brand of citizen-patient, as traditions of medical philanthropy held off the rise of both consumerism and welfare universalism in the pre-NHS hospital