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History of geriatric medicine in the UK: Joseph Rogers and the 1867 Metropolitan Poor Act and emergence of state hospitals
Michael Denham discusses the emergence of state hospitals - an improvement on the quackery and inadequate regulation of medical services which prevailed in the UK
'Geriatrics' - an old problem
On seeing the debate around the word 'geriatrics' inMay 2018, Dr Tak-Kwan Kong, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Hong Kong Geriatrics Society sent us this editorial on 'packing geriatrics'. It was published in the Society's Journal in 1996.
The journey from Gerontologia Clinica to Age and Ageing
Mike Denham charts the journey of British Geriatric Medicine's journal, Gerontologia Clinica from its inception, when publishers dismissed geriatric medicine as 'unimportant', to the highly successful descendant, Age and Ageing.
Doreen Norton - How one nurse helped to stop killer bedsores
“Moving a patient relieves bedsores:” it sounds obvious today, but it took the work of an innovative nurse in the 1950s working with a group of elderly patients to realise it. Bedsores, or pressure ulcers are lesions caused by a number of factors including unrelieved pressure.
Care of the elderly in hospital/community: the Hospital/Health Advisory Services
“There is no doubt that the occasional scandal does an enormous amount for a social service.”
Sir Keith Joseph in the House of Commons 12/7/1971
Victorian philanthropists, philosophers and activists
A potted pen picture of the philanthropists who fought to bring about a kinder and more egalitarian society
Historical context leading to Marjory Warren's work
A description of the social context which gave rise to Marjory Warren’s assessment of 874 inmates of a large public assistance institution in West Middlesex in 1935.
As We Once Were: Wartime Rationing
Before the Second World War, Britain was not self-sufficient in many materials. Less than one third of the food available in the UK at the start of the war was home produced and the country had to import some 20 million tons each year.
As we once were The wartime emergency medical service and the future NHS
When Mr Chamberlain announced on September 3rd 1939 that this country was at war with Germany, the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) swung into action.
The way we once were The Sheldon Surveys of Wolverhampton and the Birmingham Chronic Sick Regional Hospitals, 1948 and 1961
Developments which led to the establishment of the NHS
Overseas-trained South Asian doctors and the development of geriatric medicine
The role of immigrants from the Asian sub-continent in the development of geriatric medicine
Growing old in common lodgings
Originally lodging houses were designed to accommodate younger labourers who came to town to find work but were unable to travel to and from their own homes. Gradually the population changed to include an increasing proportion of older men, particularly pensioners.
As we were in the early post war years - The 1941-1945 hospital surveys
In 1941 Ernest Brown, presented the House of Commons with the general principles on which the government proposed to base its post war hospital policy. He was organising surveys of hospital services in England and Wales, which in the event took 4/5 years to complete.
From Hippocrates to Marjory Warren
It is widely assumed that geriatric medicine was an invention of the twentieth century. However, from the time of Hippocrates, there has been interest in the prolongation of the lifespan, the maintenance of health in old age and age related disease patterns.
History of geriatric medicine in the UK: pioneers of geriatric medicine
Marjory Warren created the first geriatric unit in the UK. She systematically examined every new patient. Having separated the sick from the healthy, the old from the young, she instituted medical treatment and rehabilitation.