The Stuff of Life: Public Health in Edwardian Britain

ImageOpportunities to publish your work come in all shapes and sizes and no good opportunity should be overlooked as it will help enhance your reading, research and writing skills as well as adding to your own personal body of knowledge whilst stimulating ideas for the future.

Writing books, or chapters in books, is a great opportunity. EHRNet members may be interested in the following recently published public health book.

This Stuff of Life gives us a vivid and rarely seen view of Edwardian Britain, away from the lives of the rich. It shows how ordinary people lived, the food that they ate and the dangerous places where they worked, and describes how an unsung public health official, the sanitary inspector, fought a daily battle against, filth, exploitation and infectious disease. Illustrated, fully-referenced and with a useful bibliography, it is ideal both for the student or the general reader with an interest in history or health. It is an accessible, well-researched guide to how environmental improvements – to food, housing and the workplace – made Britain a safer and healthier place in the early twentieth-century, as local government came of age. Its main subjects have not been much recognised by conventional histories – sanitary inspectors employed by local authorities. These public officials seized contaminated food, inspected workshops and factories, stopped contagious disease from spreading and improved slum housing.

The illustrated book has a chronology and extensive range of sources, with chapters on the public health traditions, housing, planning, poverty, the workhouse, mental health and other topics. It is designed for students of public and environmental health and anyone who has an interest in social history.

The authors William Hatchett, Stuart Spear, Jill and Jim Stewart, Ava Greenwell and David Clapham are journalists, academics and practitioners in environmental health. They use rare archives and contemporary sources to give us a vivid and original social rather than ‘top down’ history.

The Stuff of Life: Public Health in Edwardian Britain, by W. Hatchett, S. Spear, J. and J. Stewart, A. Greenwell and D. Clapham, CIEH, ISBN 978 1 906989 56 9.

To get a copy click here

Jill

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