"Bringing beauty and brightness to the backstreets":health education and public health in England and Wales, 1890-1940

Welshman, John (1997) "Bringing beauty and brightness to the backstreets":health education and public health in England and Wales, 1890-1940. Health Education Journal, 56 (2). pp. 199-209. ISSN 1748-8176

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Abstract

This paper examines the place of health education in public health in England and Wales between 1890 and 1940. It traces the way that local authorities developed health education for mothers, schoolchildren, and those suffering from tuberculosis and venereal disease, considers the establishment of the Central Council for Health Education in 1927 and the content of its journal, Better Health, and provides a case study of health education in one city, Leicester. The paper notes an important transition in health education in the mid-1930s, but concludes that overall the work of the Ministry of Health, local authorities, and voluntary organisations in this area was motivated more by anxieties about morality and citizenship than a genuine concern with health and disease. It suggests that in the period 1890-1940, as today, delays and advances in medical expertise, ideas about the relationship between the individual and the state, and wider concepts of morality and citizenship all had an important impact on the changing content and role of health education.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Health Education Journal
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2739
Subjects:
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 60477
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 18 Dec 2012 12:30
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2019 04:27
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/60477

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