Leicester Oral History Archive
Speaker: Public Health, - , Interviewee, , Doctor; Nurse;
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Summary of interview item: Public Health. Compilation of edited interview extracts about different aspects of public health in Leicester during the early years of the 20th century. Recollections about the processes surrounding death, including laying-out and straw being put out to quieten horse traffic. Describes incidents of various illnesses such as Tuberculosis (TB), smallpox, dysentery, pneumonia and the Spanish flu outbreak in 1919. Also recalls the Isolation Hospital in Meadow Lane, Syston, and efforts made to promote smallpox vaccination in Leicester. Quarantine measures for illnesses including scarlet fever and diphtheria are recalled. The nursing of sick and elderly people carried out by the sisters from St Mark's vicarage is recalled. Home remedies, home cures and the support of neighbours during illness is described. The ' yellow card ' early medical health and unemployment insurance for men in certain employment is described. Hospital facilities and work of doctors is described with details of some treatments and medicines prior to penicillin and other developments in medicine. A description of midwifery hospitals is given. Comments on need for National Health Service (NHS) and how hospitals raised funds before the NHS arrived in 1948. The contributors to this tape are: Mr Friselle, Miss Mc Donagh, Mr Tipton, Mrs Hurst, Mrs Hannah, Mr Bottrill, Mrs Matthews, Olive Rudkin, Miss Wagstaff, Dr Morton, Mrs Hall, Dr Millard.
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Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 1/1/1989
Playing time: 60 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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