Medicine - Public health since 1900

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Reforms 1900-1948

  • Surveys by Charles Booth and Seebohm Rowntree showed how difficult it was for the working classes to afford decent housing and food
  • 1/3 of volunteers to fight in the Boer War (1899-1902) did not pass the army health tests (nearly 90% failed the test in slums areas of norther cities)


  • 1902 - Midwives Act - all midwives had to be trained and registered
  • 1906 - Free school meals for poor children
  • 1907 - School Medical Service
  •          - Health visitors to check on mothers and young children
  • 1908 - Old Age Pensions Act


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