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  • Donald Henderson and the Smallpox Eradication Programme

    Donald Henderson and the Smallpox Eradication ProgrammeGareth Millward.  Donald “D.A.” Henderson passed away earlier this year. Visitors to the School can see his name on the plaque in the reception area of the Keppel Street building. Often historians of medicine would be wary of claims of “Great Men” who were ‘largely responsible for the success of the World Health Organisation’s Smallpox Eradication ...

  • Accounting for Health: Economic Practices and Medical Knowledge, 1500–1970

    Chris Sirrs How do countries know how much they are spending on health care? What proportion of this money comes from the public sector, and what proportion is private – for example investment in hospital facilities by private organisations, or out-of-pocket spending by households? Often, figures are banded around by the media, politicians and interest groups ...

  • On Call in Africa

    On Call in AfricaGareth Millward Earlier this year, we had the pleasure of welcoming Dr Tony Jewell to present at the Centre’s seminar series. Given his past as Chief Medical Officer for Wales, one might have expected a public health talk. Instead, he came to talk about his grandfather’s work in early twentieth-century East Africa. The source of this ...