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How the Black Death Gave Us the NHS (Hardback)

British History P&S History Social History Health

By Jaime Breitnauer
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 216
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399001748
Published: 30th May 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.

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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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