Charity and the London hospitals, 1850-1898

Keir Waddington

By the 1890s Victorians assumed that London's hospitals were facing an endemic financial crisis which was so severe that some feared the state might have to intervene to support an ailing voluntary system: charity both underpinned London's hospitals and proved insufficient to meet the ever-increasing cost of care, despite the ability of those running the hospitals to pick the pockets of the benevolent. Charity and the London Hospitals takes these themes to study the development of the hospital as an economic, medical, and voluntary institution in the second half of the ninteenth century. Drawing on a comparative study of hospital records, the author investigates how and why Victorians contributed to show that benevolence was rarely amenable to a single form or reason, moving on to argue that though it remained central to the hospitals' 'raison d'etre', philanthropy's contribution was modified at a financial and administrative level as hospitals shifted from being philanthropic to medical institutions. Why this process occurred and the impact of professionalisation and scientific medicine are also assessed, as are the debates surrounding hospitals and the state at the end of the nineteenth century. KEIR WADDINGTON is a Research Fellow at the University of Cardiff.

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  • Introduction: philanthropy and the London hospitals. Part 1 Philanthropy and funding: the philanthropic imperative
  • paying of the sick poor
  • financial diversification - an explanation. Part 2 Philanthropy and control: charity and control - voluntarism and the management of the London hospitals
  • striving for influence - lay versus medical control. Part 3 1897 and beyond: state aid versus voluntarism
  • conclusion: 1898 and beyond.

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書名 Charity and the London hospitals, 1850-1898
著作者等 Waddington, Keir
シリーズ名 Royal Historical Society studies in history new series
出版元 Royal Historical Society;Boydell Press
刊行年月 2000
ページ数 xi, 252 p., [1] p. of plates
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 9780861932467
NCID BA48293433
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス