Scandal and the reform of London workhouse infirmaries 1864-1872
The 1834 Poor Law Act was framed with the able-bodied pauper in mind and the workhouse system was designed as the ultimate test of destitution. But workhouses soon filled with people for whom they had not been intended - the sick and chronically ill, the mentally afflicted, children and parturient women. Yet until the 1860s the poor laws had provided medical relief more by accident than design. Despite the attempts of medical reformers, the medical service had evolved more in response...[Show more]
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