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Medicine and Charity in Ireland 1718-1851

Medicine and Charity in Ireland 1718-1851

Wydawnictwo University College Dublin Press
Data wydania 16/08/2004
Liczba stron 304
Forma publikacji książka w twardej oprawie
Poziom zaawansowania Literatura popularna
ISBN 9781904558170
Kategorie Historia Wielkiej Brytanii i Irlandii, Historia współczesna do XX w: od 1700 do 1900, Historia: kultura i społeczeństwo, Historia medycyny
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Opis książki

In this illuminating social history of medicine and charity in Ireland over almost 150 years from 1718 until just after the Great Famine, Laurence M. Geary shows how illness and poverty reacted upon each other. The poverty resulting from great population growth that continued until the arrival of potato blight in 1845 had a severe effect on the health of the country's population, and the Famine itself caused around one million deaths from starvation and disease. This was a period of great change in medical and charitable services. In the eighteenth century the sick had come to be regarded as the deserving poor, therefore having a better claim to public assistance than those whose poverty was the result of their own dissipation, idleness or vice. A network of charities evolved in Ireland to provide free medical aid to the sick poor. The first voluntary hospital in Dublin opened in 1718 and Geary traces the establishment and development of voluntary hospitals and county infirmaries throughout the country. These had a strong Anglican ethos and bias, but after Catholic emancipation in 1829 the nepotism, sectarianism and divisive politics that were rife in these organisations came under increasing scrutiny. Medical practitioners saw considerable progress in the development of a regulated profession. Geary describes developments in policy making and legislation, culminating in the 1851 Medical Charities Act, which he describes as part of a process that characterised the century and more under review in this book: the unrelenting pressure on philanthropy and private medical charity and the inexorable shift from voluntarism to an embryonic system of state medicine.

Medicine and Charity in Ireland 1718-1851

Spis treści

Introduction; Part 1 The origins and development of Irish medical institutions: Voluntary hospitals; County infirmaries; Dispensaries; Fever hospitals; Part 2 Patrons, patients and practitioners: Governors and patients; Medical practitioners; Part 3 Politics one day, potatoes the next: The politics of sick poor relief; Medical-relief during the Great Famine; The 1851 Medical Charities Act; Bibliography; Index

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