SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.28"How to have healthy children": Responses to the falling birth rate in Norway, c. 1900-1940On the original meaning of the Greek word epidēmia and its identification with the Latin term pestis author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand




Related links

  • On index processCited by Google
  • Have no similar articlesSimilars in SciELO
  • On index processSimilars in Google



On-line version ISSN 2340-7948Print version ISSN 0211-9536


GORSKY, Martin. Public health in interwar England and Wales: did it fail?. Dynamis [online]. 2008, vol.28, pp.175-198. ISSN 2340-7948.

British historians initially saw the interwar period as a "golden age" for public health in local government, with unprecedented preventive and curative powers wielded by Medical Officers of Health (MOsH). In the 1980s Lewis and Webster challenged this reading, arguing that MOsH were overstretched, neglectful of their "watchdog" role and incapable of formulating a new philosophy of preventive medicine. The article first details this critique, then reappraises it in the light of recent demographic work. It then provides a case study of public health administration in South-West England. Its conclusion is that some elements of the Lewis/Webster case now deserve to be revised.

Keywords : Public health; local government; Medical Officer of Health; preventive medicine.

        · text in English     · English ( pdf )


Creative Commons License All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License