Richard Titmuss was one of the 20th century's foremost social policy theorists. This accessible Reader is the first compendium of his work on public health, health promotion and health inequalities.
Most of Titmuss's work has been out of print for many years. This volume, like its predecessor, Welfare and wellbeing (The Policy Press, 2001), is important in bringing the work of this highly influential thinker to the attention of a new generation of social policy students and policy makers. It also enhances current debates about how complex societies can best provide for the health of all their citizens.
Ann Oakley is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the UCL Institute of Education. A social researcher for more than 50 years, and author of many academic publications, she is also well known for her biography, autobiography and fiction. Her books include The Sociology of Housework, From Here to Maternity and The Men's Room which was serialised by the BBC in 1991.
Introduction Ann Oakley and Jonathan Barker; Prologue: The experience of being a patient; PART One: Social medicine and social inequality Commentaries by Mike Wadsworth and Jerry Morris; Infant mortality; The social disease of juvenile rheumatism; Health and social change: the example of rheumatic heart disease; War and disease; PART Two: On the National Health Service Commentary by John Ashton; Towards a national hospital service; The policy background; The structure of the NHS in England; The NHS and general practice; The ethics and economics of medical care; PART Three: The sociology of health care Commentary by ????; Medical behaviour, science and the NHS; The hospital and its patients; 'Therapeutic' drugs; Planning for ageing and the health and welfare services; PART Four: Health, values and social policy Commentary by Julian Le Grand; Choice and the welfare state; The gift of blood; Doctors and 'socialised medicine'; Medical ethics and social change in developing societies; Health and the welfare state. Postscript: Richard Titmuss's contribution to the sociology of health and illness Raymond Illsley.