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By Margaret Pelling, Richard M. Smith

Debates on coverage touching on therapy and social welfare of the aged develop into ever extra urgent, and plenty of of the assumptions on which they're dependent at the moment are open to query. This examine units out to supply a old standpoint at the financial, scientific, classification and gender family of the aged, which beforehand have got rather little awareness. specifically, the location of the aged is associated with the basic problems with overall healthiness, incapacity and remedy. With consciousness at the moment interested in the atmosphere of the retirement age, group and relatives care, and pensions, in addition to wider debates at the rights of the aged, this quantity goals to provide a ancient context for such matters.

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Ingegneri, ‘Changes in Life Expectancy and Disability-Free Life Expectancy in the United States’, Population and Development Review, 1989, vol. 15, pp. C. Kane (eds) Differential Mortality: Methodological Issues and Biosocial Factors, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1989, pp. 189–214. For a nontechnical account of certain key issues see Laslett, A Fresh Map of Life, pp. 56–76. Schofield, The Population History of England 1541–1871: A Reconstruction, London, Edward Arnold, 1981, pp. 384–92. For instance, a rare exercise in nominative linkage of burial registers and overseers’ accounts has revealed that over half of the 15 poor law pensioners of Maidstone died in a particularly cold spell in January and February 1689: BarkerRead, ‘The Treatment of the Aged Poor’, p.

92 Subscribers’ support for the voluntary general hospitals of the eighteenth century was increasingly dependent upon a rapid turnover of patients and a favourable rate of ‘cure’. Patients with conditions which usually prompted admission were not to be admitted if the condition in question arose simply as a result of old age. 95 In the course of the eighteenth century, for example, the Bristol Infirmary’s relationship with its patients ‘increasingly diverged from the poor law model’. After 1770 length of stay in the Infirmary tended to be shorter for the elderly than for other adults; single younger adults stayed longest of all.

508 and p. 513. 67 Laslett, A Fresh Map of Life, p. 116. 68 Smith, ‘Some Issues Concerning Families and Their Property’, pp. 68–73. Laslett, ‘Family, Kinship and Collectivity as Systems of Support in Preindustrial Europe: A Consideration of the “Nuclear-Hardship” Hypothesis’, Continuity and Change, 1988, vol. 3, pp. 153– 76. 70 Wall, ‘Leaving Home and Living Alone’, p. 371. Crowther, ‘Family Responsibility and State Responsibility in Britain before the Welfare State’, Historical Journal, 1982, vol.

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