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  • 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 ...

  • Seeking Legitimacy: Conference Report by Daisy Payling

    Seeking Legitimacy: Conference Report by Daisy PaylingOn 20-21st June, I had an opportunity to return to Birmingham where I completed my PhD research, to attend the Seeking Legitimacy workshop on authority and expertise in modern Britain. The workshop was aimed at postgraduates and researchers in the first few years of their careers and picked up on one of the themes highlighted ...