Sick, Not Dead
Health of British Workingmen During the Mortality Decline
By (author) James C. Riley
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Sick, Not Dead by James C. Riley
Book DescriptionThe life expectancy of British workers rose dramatically during the 19th century. While the rate of illness fell, the length of episodes of disease and injury increased. Instead of dying at relatively young ages, workingmen survived longer and experienced more sickness. This work traces these developments and examines the arrangements made for providing medical care to workers. It explores how societies such as the British Friendly Society provided workingmen with access to doctors and regulated compensation for wages lost due to illness. The author finds in this period the roots of the doctor-patient relationship. In the 1870s, when a small number of patients could choose among a relatively large number of doctors, patients demanded and got frequent and convenient consultations for low fees. But in the 1890s, working people sacrificed their advantage: as the number of patients increased, they began accepting their doctor's excuses for care they previously had rejected as inattentive or deficient. In the 1910s and 1920s, the doctors improved their own organization and used it to seize control of the fee schedule. Using the claims records of the societies, the author also explores the regional patterns of sickness in Britain from 1870 to 1910 and addresses the question of how policies that promoted lower mortality affected rates and duration of sickness.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801854118
(229mm x 152mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 7-Feb-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author James C. Riley
Poverty and Life Expectancy, Paperback (October 2011)
A multidisciplinary study explaining Jamaica's rise from low to high life expectancy.
Low Income, Social Growth, and Good Health, Hardback (October 2007)
Studies the experience of twelve countries that have broken through the limits that low incomes so often impose on human survival. This title presents an analysis that suggests an alternative model of growth in which the measure of a nation's success is not its per capita income but the life expectancy of its population.
Rising Life Expectancy, Paperback (June 2001)» View all books by James C. Riley
This book traces the global history of rising life expectancy in the last 200 years.
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Author Biography - James C. Riley
James C. Riley is professor of history at Indiana University. His many books include 'The Eighteenth-Century Campaign to Avoid Disease, The Seven Years' War and the Old Regime in France: The Economic and Financial Toll,' and 'Sickness, Recovery, and Death: A Forecast of Ill Health.'
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