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Health before the NHS: #1/2 – The Road to Recovery

18/12/2018

About the series

Health-Medical Documentary hosted by Robert Winston, published by BBC broadcasted as part of BBC Timeshift series in 2012 

https://youtu.be/1y7zeZPfD8k

The Series

The Road to Recovery

In the early 20th century, getting treated if you were ill was a rudimentary, risky and costly business – a luxury few could afford. Using rare archive footage and personal testimony, the programme tells how ordinary people, GPs, midwives and local councils coped with a chaotic and ramshackle system as they struggled to deal with sickness and disease in the homes and communities of pre-World War Two Britain.

A Medical Revolution

At the beginning of the 20th century hospitals were forbidding places very much to be avoided – a last resort for the destitute rather than places you would go to get better. Using unique archive footage from an era when infectious disease was virtually untreatable and powerful first-hand accounts from patients, doctors and nurses, the programme explores the extraordinary transformation of the hospital from Victorian workhouse to modern centre of medicine. 

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