The Knowledge Quarter is delighted to invite staff and friends from Knowledge Quarter organisations to the next in our series of private tours and views. It will be on this occasion hosted at the London Metropolitan Archives. You are invited to an exclusive morning curator tour of the Archive’s new exhibit Child Health in London.
Tickets go on sale on January 14 2019 here.
Paediatrics, the specialist branch of medicine dealing with children and their diseases, was a relatively late development in Britain. Classical medical texts transmitted to Europe via scholars from the Islamic World from the tenth to twelfth centuries had distinguished between the treatment of children and adults, but there is little evidence that these ideas were developed until much later. By the end of the nineteenth century, significant breakthroughs in medical science had provided the stimulus to tackle disproportionally high child mortality rates and resulted in a more coordinated approach to child healthcare provision, culminating in the foundation of the National Health Service in 1948.
Child Health in London: explores some of these developments through a variety of themes, concentrating on institutions, services, practitioners and patients. It looks at the dangers to the health of London’s children and the pioneering ways in which they were tackled. Themes include child mortality, the establishment of specialist children’s hospitals, developments in treatment, school health services, child psychiatry and child guidance, and the coming of the NHS; as well as preventative public health measures focusing on non-medical factors such as diet, housing conditions, hygiene, lifestyle and education.
Case studies of patients and practitioners explore the varying ways in which society viewed children, child patients and the various medical conditions they suffered; and how contemporary attitudes affected the way patients were classified, diagnosed and treated.