Seminar 5: Helping Healthy Families In this seminar we will think about how the health, we will consider how the people’s health was improving over the course of the period, the changing relationship between the public and medical professionals, and the role of the family in ensuring the health of its members. We will also think about how issues such as gender, class and ethnicity influenced people’s experiences of sickness and health. Seminar/Essay Questions:
- Trace the state’s growing concern with the health of the family and its members from 1860-1950.
- ‘Health care, like child care, seems perennially to have been a female responsibility’. Discuss.
- Why was there increasing concern about child health in late nineteenth-century England?
- Has state intervention in health and welfare bolstered or undermined the family?
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