How the Black Death Gave Us the NHS (Hardback)
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As the world is gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, all eyes in the UK have been on our NHS heroes. But where did they come from? Why do we have such a unique free at the point of use healthcare system? How has this benefitted British society? And how does healthcare in other countries work?
Going back to pre-history, we will take a look at epidemics and pandemics through the ages and how they have consistently nudged healthcare policy toward a more social model. They say a measure of civilised society is how it provides for its citizens, and the NHS has been the backbone of Great Britain for the best part of a century. As well as looking at its origins and counterparts in other countries, we will take a look at how the Covid-19 pandemic has been handled, and what the future of social healthcare might be across the globe.
An interesting and well-researched book about the history of diseases and how the NHS came to be. I think it is a reflection on a society when you look at how they treat their poor and ill, in whatever form it takes. As an Australian, I am also very, very grateful that we have Universal Health Care as well. And when I lived in Scotland, I had cause to use the very efficient NHS system myself. I was impressed.NetGalley, Monica Mac
When you think of how many epidemics, pandemics and diseases (pre-vaccine) etc have swept through communities over the centuries, it is a wonder that there are any people left at all!
I hope that the NHS continues on, for Britain. And I also hope that there will be more funding for it, more nurses too. I know that everyone is tightening their belts, but it is so imperative that people are able to access healthcare when they need it.
4.5 stars from me.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Aisha Bari
This was a very interesting read, it went through the history of pandemics and also included the recent COVID-19 pandemic. A brilliant read which I thoroughly enjoyed and found fascinating from the start.