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Title: A comparative study of public health in Wakefield, Halifax and Doncaster
Author: Göschl, K.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2000
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During the nineteenth century Britain became an industrialised and urbanised nation. High levels of mortality and recurring epidemics in cities and densely-populated areas were problems that the central government did not efficiently deal with until relatively late. However, in the North of England, many towns started from mid-century to search independently for local solutions to these problems. This Ph.D. project concentrates on investigating, what was done in three provincial towns - Wakefield, Halifax and Doncaster - to promote health and to reduce mortality. The three towns under analysis were chosen on the basis of their different social and economic structures, infant and child mortality rates, sex ratio, and population size. Particular emphasis was laid on the quality of archival sources and the local press. The dissertation focuses on investigating the dynamics of public health politics in the three towns under analysis. It covers the local debates and actions taken to improve the water supply, sewerage, sanitation and housing of the three towns. Also, the problem of rivers pollution is dealt with. Smallpox vaccination and resistance are also discussed as well as action taken against other infectious diseases. The dissertation further offers an analysis of the efforts to guard the food supply of the three towns, and particular attention has also been paid to efforts to improve the welfare of infants and young children. It is also shown how co-operation and conflict occurred in the public health politics of the three towns in their relations with central and county authorities as well as with other towns in the same area. It is argued that even within a relatively small geographical area such as West Yorkshire, very different public health policies were adopted by local authorities and that towns seldom had a flawless sanitary record on all fields of public health. An attempt is also made to show the connection between public health action and mortality levels in the three towns under analysis. Expenditure on public health projects and local rates are also analysed in this work.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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