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How the Black Death Gave Us the NHS (Hardback)

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By Jaime Breitnauer
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 176
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399001748
Published: 6th July 2022



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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.

This was an interesting and informative read. There was a ton of new to me information, and it was written in a way that I found accessible.

NetGalley, Becky Johnson

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.

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.

NetGalley, Monica Mac

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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.

NetGalley, Aisha Bari

About Jaime Breitnauer

Jaime Breitnauer is the author of The Spanish Flu Epidemic and its Influence on History. She has a degree and MA in History from the University of Warwick and a particular interest in how disease and healthcare affect social development. When not writing books she works as a journalist, has two children and divides her time between Bristol and New Zealand. How the Black Death Gave Us the NHS is her second book.

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