People's History of the NHS

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X-Rays in Culture: From Courting Skeletons to X-Ray Eyes

This encyclopaedia entry looks at the changing relationship between clinical and cultural representations of x-rays from 1895 until the present day, encompassing courting skeletons, frogs’ knees, floral radiography, x-ray eyes and more. . . . By the introduction of the NHS in 1948, x-ray technology had improved substantially from its first uses in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,

Philip Larkin and the NHS

To find a pair of Philip Larkin’s glasses – and some of his poetry – on display in an NHS hospital might in many ways seem to be a somewhat strange meeting of cultures. Yet in 2012, the Hull and East Yorkshire Eye Hospital made this very decision, exhibiting Larkin’s striking NHS specs in an exhibition that also included his poem ‘Long

Premature Birth and the NHS

The history of the NHS is deeply embedded within personal histories of birth. It is often a central figure in bringing both ourselves, and our children, safely into the world. While most births occur close to their due date, there are times when NHS neonatal services are essential in ensuring premature newborns not only survive but begin to thrive in

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An Alternative Perspective on the NHS and the EU Referendum

The NHS has emerged as one of the lead issues in the debate over Britain’s membership of the European Union, ahead of the upcoming referendum on the 23rd of June. For most people, it sits well behind economics and immigration, but its prominence has been nevertheless striking. In part this has been a case of the two sides trying to

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Choirs and Quizzes

The People’s History of the NHS at the Dunchurch Ladies Choir What a fun evening! The members of the Dunchurch Ladies Choir kindly allowed us to try out one of our brand new ‘People’s History of the NHS’ quizzes, so here, we thought we would ‘hand back’ their results. You can see the quiz above — and take it yourself here!

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