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The Transformation of the Psyche in British Primary Care, 1870–1970

The Transformation of the Psyche in British Primary Care, 1870–1970

by Rhodri Hayward

Rhodri Hayward is Wellcome Award Lecturer in the History of Medicine at Queen Mary, University of London, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2014
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474211161
  • ISBN:
    978-1-4742-1116-1 (online)

    978-1-7809-3726-7 (hardback)

    978-1-4742-4793-1 (paperback)

    978-1-7809-3719-9 (epdf)

    978-1-7809-3591-1 (epub)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2017
The Transformation of the Psyche in British Primary Care, 1870–1970
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Conflicting models of selfhood have become central to debates over modern medicine. Yet we still lack a clear historical account of how this psychological sensibility came to be established.

The Transformation of the Psyche in British Primary Care, 1880–1970 will remedy this situation by demonstrating that there is nothing inevitable about the current connection between health, identity and personal history. It traces the changing conception of the psyche in Britain over the last two centuries and it demonstrates how these changes were rooted in transformed patterns of medical care. The shifts from private medicine through to National Insurance and the National Health Service fostered different kinds of relationship between doctor and patient and different understandings of psychological distress. The Transformation of the Psyche in British Primary Care, 1880-1970 examines these transformations and, in so doing, provides new critical insights into our modern sense of identity and changing notions of health that will be of great value to anyone interested in the modern history of British medicine.