State Medicine

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Dr Tom Crook is Lecturer in Modern British History at Oxford Brookes University, and has published a number of articles on modern British governance in journals such as Social History, Urban History and Past & Present, as well as a number of edited collections, including (with Glen O’Hara) Statistics and the Public Sphere: Numbers and the People in Modern Britain, c. 1800–2000 (2011) and Sanitary Reform, Class and the Victorian City (Volume 5: Sanitary Reform in Victorian Britain, ed. Michelle Allen-Emerson) (2013). He is currently completing a study of Victorian public health entitled Space, Time and Systems: Modern Governance and the Making of Public Health in England, c. 1830-1910.


Image: Henry Wyldbore Rumsey. Photograph, 1947 (Source: Wellcome Library, London, page)


Further Reading:

R.M. MacLeod, 'The Anatomy of State Medicine - Concept and Application,' in F.N.L. Poynter (ed.), Medicine and Science in the 1860s (1969), pp. 199-227.

D. Porter and R. Porter, ‘What was Social Medicine? An Historiographical Essay’, Journal of Historical Sociology, 1 (1988): 90-109.

C. Hamlin, ‘State Medicine in Great Britain’, in D. Porter (ed.), The History of Public Health and the Modern State (1994), pp. 132-64.

P.E. Carroll, ‘Medical Police and the History of Public Health,’ Medical History, 46 (2002): 461-94.

L. Goldman, Science, Reform and Politics in Victorian Britain: The Social Science Association, 1857-1886 (2002).

D. Brunton, ‘Rumsey, Henry Wyldbore, (1809-1876)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

J.M. Eyler, Sir Arthur Newsholme and State Medicine, 1885-1935 (1997).


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