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Placing the public in public health in post-war Britain, 1948-2012 / Alex Mold, Peder Clark, Gareth Millward, Daisy Payling.

  • Mold, Alex
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About this work


This open access book explores the question of who or what 'the public' is within 'public health' in post-war Britain. Drawing on historical research on the place of the public in public health in Britain from the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948, the book presents a new perspective on the relationship between state and citizen. Focusing on health education, health surveys, heart disease and the development of vaccination policy and practice, the book establishes that 'the public' was not one thing but many. It considers how public health policy makers and practitioners imagined the public or publics. These publics were not mere constructions; they had agency and the ability to 'speak back' to public health. The nature of publicness changed during the latter half of the twentieth century, and this book argues that the relationship between the public and public health offers a powerful lens through which to examine such shifts.


Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2019]

Physical description

viii, 142 pages : black and white illustrations ; 22 cm.


"The research that forms the basis of this book was conducted as part of a Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Investigator Award held by Dr. Alex Mold. The project, 'Placing the Public in Public Health: Public Health in Britain, 1948-2010,' grant number WT 100586/Z/12/Z, was based in the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine."--Page v.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Funding information

Wellcome Trust grant output. Grantholder: Dr. Alex Mold. Grant type: Medical Humanities Investigator Award. Grant number: WT 100586/Z/12/Z.


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    History of Medicine
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