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Mass schooling and public health

Mass schooling and public health

The history of how schools operated as spaces for the dissemination of public health information and as clinics for the administration of public health interventions is important yet under-researched, with insights fragmented across a number of fields of enquiry, rather than brought together into a cohesive body, where connections might be made. This ebook aims to contribute to a richer understanding of how schools in different parts of the world addressed public health at different historical periods over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The three themes addressed within and across the papers, addressing clinical practices, children’s bodies, and politics encourage new points of connection between hitherto disparate fields of historical enquiry—histories of public health, histories of childhood and histories of education.


Gymnastics between school desks: an educational practice between hygiene requirements, healthcare and logistic inadequacies in Italian primary schools (1870-1970) ,Historicizing health and education: investigations of the eyesight of school children in the early nineteenth century,Margaret Bailey: Pioneering Headmistress of Ascham School,National Tertiary Education Union: A Most Unlikely Union,Physical, emotional, and social illness: changing problems for school health care in twentieth century Sweden,School health is community health: school nursing in the early twentieth century in the USA,School medical inspection and the "healthy" child in the Netherlands, 1904-1970,Schooling health: the critical contribution of curriculum in the 1980s,Schools and health education in Spain during the dictatorship of General Franco (1939-1975),Section Header,Swallows, Amazons and Coots: A reading of Arthur Ransome,The connected histories of mass schooling and public health,The dangers of infection: school medical inspection in Brazil (the 1910s),The Ideal of Manliness

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