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This volume explores developments in health and social care in Ireland and Britain during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The central objectives are to highlight the role of voluntarism in healthcare, to examine healthcare in local and regional contexts, and to provide comparative perspectives. The collection is based on two interconnected and overlapping research themes: voluntarism and healthcare, and regionalism/localism and healthcare. It includes two synoptic overviews by leading authorities in the field, and ten case studies focusing on particular aspects of voluntary and/or regional healthcare in Ireland and Britain.


  • Acknowledgements, About the contributors, Abbreviations, List of tables and figures
  • Introduction
    Donnacha Seán Lucey and Virginia Crossman
  • I. Historiographical directions
  • 1. ‘Voluntarism’ in English health and welfare: visions of history
    Martin Gorsky
  • 2. Healthcare systems in Britain and Ireland in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: the national, international and sub-national contexts
    John Stewart
  • II. Voluntary hospital provision
  • 3. Paying for health: comparative perspectives on patient payment and contributions for hospital provision in Ireland
    Donnacha Seán Lucey and George Campbell Gosling
  • 4. ‘Why have a Catholic Hospital at all?’ The Mater Infirmorum Hospital Belfast and the state, 1883–1972
    Peter Martin
  • 5. Cottage hospitals and communities in rural East Devon, 1919–39
    Julia Neville
  • III. Healthcare and the mixed economy
  • 6. The mixed economy of care in the South Wales coalfield, c.1850–1950
    Steven Thompson
  • 7. ‘… it would be preposterous to bring a Protestant here’: religion, provincial politics and district nurses in Ireland, 1890–1904
    Ciara Breathnach
  • 8. To ‘solve the darkest Social Problems of our time’: the Church of Scotland’s entry into the British matrix of health and welfare provision, c.1880–1914
    Janet Greenlees
  • IV. Public health, voluntarism and local government
  • 9. Feverish activity: Dublin City Council and the smallpox outbreak of 1902–3
    Ciarán Wallace
  • 10. Influenza: the Irish Local Government Board’s last great crisis
    Ida Milne
  • 11. The roots of regionalism: municipal medicine from the Local Government Board to the Dawson Report
    Sally Sheard

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