Discover Origins of Public Health Policies and Initiatives
To understand present day implications of the Affordable Care Act and other initiatives, scholars are finding it necessary to explore the impact and significance of previous health policies and practices. Medical history collections are among one of the most heavily digitised open access projects, yet research results have been hampered by the lack of narrative focus and relevance. Now, compelling stories that resonate with current events are available to scholars with the availability of previously hard-to-access materials.
Public Health in Modern America, 1890–1970 examines the history of public health and the policy debates that ensued in the delivery of services at the national, state, and local levels during a pivotal time in history.
UNRIVALLED DEPTH OF COVERAGE ON EVOLUTION OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Organised topically within their collections by subject categories that over time have characterised the role played by public health efforts, Public Health in Modern America, 1890–1970 includes contributions from:
New York Academy of Medicine
- The Library of Social and Economic Aspects of Medicine from Michael M. Davis: a unique collection of materials reflecting the work of one of the most prominent individuals in the fight for a national health care plan.
- The Committee on Public Health of the New York Academy of Medicine: Correspondence, Reports, and Documents: documentation of the medical history of America’s most populous city, serving as a national and international data bank for the committee’s work.
- Selected Publications on Public Health from the New York Academy of Medicine: Over 2,200 rare pamphlets publications from the late 19th century to the end of the 1960s that document a vast array of public health issues and are addressed to a variety of popular and professional audiences.
National Archives Records Administration
Records of the Children's Bureau: Maternal and Child Health, 1912-1969: Range of collections reflecting federal, state, and city public health efforts as well as campaigns and initiatives from public health advocates to insurance providers.
SUPPORT RESEARCH IN MULTIPLE DISCIPLINES
Rare content including unpublished reports, correspondence, ephemera, pamphlets, and more ensure the collection’s relevance to research in the fields of American history, American studies, history of science and medicine, public health studies, sociology, political science, psychology, and economics.
PUBLIC HEALTH LENS CONSIDERS MANY ANGLES
Public Health in Modern America, 1890–1970 presents a stunning array of topics with significant coverage of urbanisation and industrialisation, impact of public advocacy and legislative roles, transformation of domestic life, state control and care of its populations, challenges presented by differences of social attitudes, and financing public health policy initiatives.
“Public Health Archives will appeal to undergraduates and researchers in American history, public health studies, political science, economics, and other fields. The documents and search functionality allow researchers to investigate numerous areas of inquiry ranging from the more specific like polio in New York City to the general like women, children, and public health. Highly recommended for academic libraries.”
- ARBA Staff Reviewer
- Health & Medicine
- Health Studies
- Humanities & Social Sciences
- Social Care and Public Health
- U.S. History
- Health Law
- Civil Rights
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