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Addison, Paul, No Turning Back: The Peacetime Revolutions of Post-War Britain (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).

Allsop, Judith, Jones, Kathryn, and Baggott, Rob, ‘Health Consumer Groups in the UK: A New Social Movement?’, Sociology of Health & Illness, vol. 2, no. 6 (2004), pp. 737–56.

Armstrong, David, ‘Space and Time in British General Practice’, Social Science and Medicine, vol. 20, no. 7 (1985), pp. 659–66.

Armstrong, John, ‘Doctors from “the End of the World”: Oral History and New Zealand Medical Migrants, 1945–1975’, Oral History, vol. 42, no. 2 (2014), pp. 41–9.

Arnold-Forster, Agnes, ‘Racing Pulses: Gender, Professionalism and Health Care in Medical Romance Fiction’, History Workshop Journal, vol. 91, no. 1 (2021), pp. 157–81.

Bar-Haim, Saul, ‘“The Drug Doctor”: Michael Balint and the Revival of General Practice in Post-War Britain’, History Workshop Journal, vol. 86 (2018), pp. 114–32.

Bates, Victoria, ‘Sensing Space and Making Place: The Hospital and Therapeutic Landscapes in Two Cancer Narratives’, Medical Humanities, vol. 45 (2019), pp. 10–20.

Berridge, Virginia, and Blume, Stuart (eds), Poor Health: Social Inequality before and after the Black Report (Abingdon: Routledge, 2002).

Berridge, Virginia, and Loughlin, Kelly, ‘Smoking and the New Health Education in Britain 1950s–1970s’, American Journal of Public Health, vol. 95, no. 6 (2005), pp. 956–64.

Bevir, Mark, and Trentmann, Frank, Governance, Consumers and Citizens: Agency and Resistance in Contemporary Politics (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

Biddle, Richard, ‘From Optimism to Anger: Reading and the Local Consequences Arising from the Hospital Plan for England and Wales 1962’, Family & Community History, vol. 10, no. 1 (2007), pp. 5–17.

Bivins, Roberta, Contagious Communities: Medicine, Migration, and the NHS in Post-War Britain (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).

Bivins, Roberta, ‘Picturing Race in the National Health Service, 1948–1988’, Twentieth Century British History, vol. 28, no. 1 (2017), pp. 83–109.

Bivins, Roberta, Tierney, Stephanie, and Seers, Kate, ‘Compassionate Care: Not Easy, Not Free, Not Only Nurses’, BMJ Quality & Safety, vol. 26, no. 12 (2017), pp. 1023–6.

Bradley, Katharine, Lawyers for the Poor: Legal Advice, Voluntary Action and Citizenship in England, 1890–1990 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019).

Brown, Tim, ‘Towards an Understanding of Local Protest: Hospital Closure and Community Resistance’, Social & Cultural Geography, vol. 4, no. 4 (2003), pp. 489–506.

Bruce, Susan, ‘Fictional Bodies, Factual Reports: Public Inquiries TV Drama and the Interrogation of the NHS’, Journal of British Cinema and Television, vol. 14, no. 1 (2017), pp. 1–18.

Burke, Peter, What is Cultural History? (2nd edition, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2008).

Carpenter, Mick, Working for Health: The History of the Confederation of Health Service Employees (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1988).

Chaney, Sarah, ‘Am I a Researcher or a Self-Harmer? Mental Health, Objectivity and Identity Politics in History’, Social Theory & Health, vol. 18, no. 2 (2019), pp. 1–17.

Chapman, Stanley, Jesse Boot of Boots the Chemists (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1974).

Crane, Jennifer, Child Protection in England, 1960–2000: Expertise, Experience, and Emotion (London: Palgrave, 2018).

Crane, Jennifer, ‘“Save Our NHS”: Activism, Information-Based Expertise and the “New Times” of the 1980s’, Contemporary British History, vol. 33, no. 1 (2019), pp. 52–74.

Crane, Jennifer, ‘Why the History of Public Consultation Matters for Contemporary Health Policy’, Endeavour, vol. 42, no. 1 (2018), pp. 9–16.

Crook, Sarah, ‘“A Disastrous Blow”: Psychiatric Risk, Social Indicators and Medical Authority in Abortion Reform in Post-War Britain’, Medical Humanities, vol. 46, no. 2 (2020), pp. 124–34.

Crook, Sarah, ‘The Women’s Liberation Movement, Activism and Therapy at the Grassroots, 1968–1985’, Women’s History Review, vol. 27, no. 7 (2018), pp. 1152–68.

Crossley, Michele, and Crossley, Nick, ‘“Patient” Voices, Social Movements and the Habitus: How Psychiatric Survivors “Speak Out”’, Social Science and Medicine, vol. 52 (2001), pp. 1477–89.

DeVane, Edward, ‘Pilgrim’s Progress: The Landscape of the NHS Hospital, 1948–70’, Twentieth Century British History, 5 July 2021,

Elizabeth, Hannah J., ‘Love Carefully and without “Over-Bearing Fears”: The Persuasive Power of Authenticity in Late 1980s British AIDS Education Material for Adolescents’, Social History of Medicine, September 2020, pp. 1–26, 10.1093/shm/hkaa034.

Faulkner, Alison, ‘User Involvement in 21st Century Mental Health Services: “This is our Century”’, in Charlie Brooker and Julie Repper (eds), Mental Health: From Policy to Practice (London: Elsevier Health Sciences, 2009), pp. 14–26.

Geertz, Clifford, The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays (New York: Basic Books, 1973).

Glennerster, Howard, ‘Health and Social Policy’, in Dennis Kavanagh and Anthony Seldon (eds), The Major Effect (London: Macmillan, 1994), pp. 318–31.

Gorsky, Martin, ‘The British National Health Service 1948–2008: A Review of the Historiography’, Social History of Medicine, vol. 21, no. 3 (2008), pp. 437–60.

Gorsky, Martin, ‘Hospitals, Finance, and Health System Reform in Britain and the United States, c. 1910–1950: Historical Revisionism and Cross-National Comparison’, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, vol. 37, no. 3 (2012), pp. 365–404.

Gorsky, Martin, Lock, Karen, and Hogarth, Sue, ‘Public Health and English Local Government: Historical Perspectives on the Impact of “Returning Home”’, Journal of Public Health, vol. 36, no. 4 (2014), pp. 1–6.

Gorsky, Martin, and Millward, Gareth, ‘Resource Allocation for Equity in the British National Health Service, 1948–89: An Advocacy Coalition Analysis of the RAWP’, Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, vol. 43, no. 1 (2018), pp. 69–108.

Gosling, George, Payment and Philanthropy in British Healthcare, 1918–1948 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017).

Hall, Stuart, Policing the Crisis: Mugging, the State, and Law and Order (London: Macmillan, 1978).

Hall, Stuart, with Schwartz, Bill, Familiar Stranger: A Life between Two Islands (London: Allen Lane, 2017).

Hand, Jane, ‘Marketing Health Education: Advertising Margarine and Visualising Health in Britain from 1964–c.2000’, Contemporary British History, vol. 31, no. 4 (2017), pp. 477–500.

Handley, Sasha, McWilliam, Rohan, and Noakes, Lucy (eds), New Directions in Social and Cultural History (London: Bloomsbury, 2018).

Hayes, Nick, ‘Did we Really Want a National Health Service? Hospitals, Patients and Public Opinions before 1948’, English Historical Review, vol. 127, no. 526 (2012), pp. 625–61.

Hayes, Nick, ‘“Our Hospitals”? Voluntary Provision, Community and Civic Consciousness in Nottingham before the NHS’, Midland History, vol. 37, no. 1 (2012), pp. 84–105.

Hilton, Matthew, Consumerism in 20th Century Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003).

Hilton, Matthew, Crowson, Nick, Mouhot, Jean-François, and McKay, James, A Historical Guide to NGOs in Britain (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012).

Hogg, Christine, Citizens, Consumers and the NHS: Capturing Voices (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Hoggart, Richard, The Uses of Literacy: Aspects of Working Class Life (London: Chatto & Windus, 1957).

Holland, Patricia, Broadcasting and the NHS in the Thatcherite 1980s: The Challenge to Public Service (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2013).

Institute for Public Policy Research, Devo-Then, Devo-Now: What can the History of the NHS Tell us about Localism and Devolution in Health and Care? (London: IPPR, 2017).

Jones, Katherine, ‘“Men Too”: Masculinities and Contraceptive Politics in Late Twentieth Century Britain’, Contemporary British History, vol. 34, no. 1 (June 2019), pp. 44–70.

Jones, Lorelei, ‘What Does a Hospital Mean?’, Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, vol. 20, no. 4 (2015), pp. 254–6.

Jones, Lorelei, Fraser, Alec, and Stewart, Ellen, ‘Exploring the Neglected and Hidden Dimensions of Large-Scale Healthcare Change’, Sociology of Health & Illness, vol. 41, no. 7 (2019), pp. 1221–35.

Kelly, Susan, ‘Stigma and Silence: Oral Histories of Tuberculosis’, Oral History, vol. 39, no. 1 (2011), pp. 65–76.

Klein, Rudolf, The New Politics of the NHS: From Creation to Reinvention (5th edition, Abingdon: Oxon Publishing, 2006).

Lewis, Jane, and Cannell, Fenella, ‘The Politics of Motherhood in the 1980s: Warnock, Gillick and Feminists’, Journal of Law and Society, vol. 13 (1986), pp. 326–31.

Lewis, Jane E., What Price Community Medicine? The Philosophy, Practice and Politics of Public Health since 1919 (Brighton: Wheatsheaf Books, 1986).

Lowe, Rodney, The Welfare State in Britain since 1945 (3rd edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).

McAleer, Joseph, ‘Love, Romance, and the National Health Service’, in Clare V. J. Griffiths, James J. Nott, and William Whyte (eds), Classes, Cultures, and Politics: Essays on British History for Ross McKibbin (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. 173–91.

McGann, Susan, Crowther, Margaret, and Dougall, Rona, A Voice for Nurses: A History of the Royal College of Nursing 1916–1990 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009).

McKibbin, Ross, ‘Politics and the Medical Hero: A. J. Cronin’s “The Citadel”’, English Historical Review, vol. 123, no. 502 (2008), pp. 651–78.

Mohan, John, A National Health Service? The Restructuring of Health Care in Britain since 1979 (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1995).

Mold, Alex, ‘“Everybody Likes a Drink. Nobody Likes a Drunk”: Alcohol, Health Education and the Public in 1970s Britain’, Social History of Medicine, vol. 30, no. 3 (2017), pp. 612–36.

Mold, Alex, ‘Making the Patient-Consumer in Margaret Thatcher’s Britain’, Historical Journal, vol. 54, no. 2 (2011), pp. 509–28.

Mold, Alex, Making the Patient-Consumer: Patient Organisations and Health Consumerism in Britain (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015).

Mold, Alex, ‘Patient Groups and the Construction of the Patient-Consumer in Britain: An Historical Overview’, Journal of Social Policy, vol. 39, no. 4 (2010), pp. 505–21.

Mold, Alex, ‘Patients´ Rights and the National Health Service in Britain, 1960s–1980s’, American Journal of Public Health, vol. 102, no. 11 (2012), pp. 2030–38.

Mold, Alex, and Berridge, Virginia, Voluntary Action and Illegal Drugs: Health and Society in Britain since the 1960s (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010).

Mold, Alex, Clark, Peder, Millward, Gareth, and Payling, Daisy, Placing the Public in Public Health in Post-War Britain, 1948–2012 (London: Palgrave, 2019).

Moon, Graham, and Brown, Tim, ‘Closing Barts: Community and Resistance in Contemporary UK Hospital Policy’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, vol. 19 (2001), pp. 43–59.

Moore, Martin D., Managing Diabetes, Managing Medicine: Chronic Disease and Clinical Bureaucracy in Post-War Britain (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019).

O’Hara, Glen, From Dreams to Disillusionment: Economic and Social Planning in 1960s Britain (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007).

O’Mahony, S., ‘A. J. Cronin and The Citadel: did a Work of Fiction Contribute to the Foundation of the NHS?’, Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, vol. 42, no. 2 (2012), pp. 172–8.

People’s History of the NHS,

Porter, Dorothy, Health Citizenship: Essays in Social Medicine and Biomedical Politics (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011).

Porter, Roy, ‘The Patient’s View: Doing Medical History from Below’, Theory and Society, vol. 14, no. 2 (1985), pp. 175–98.

Rabeharisoa, Vololona, Moreira, Tiago, and Akrich, Madeleine, ‘Evidence-Based Activism: Patients’, Users’ and Activists’ Groups in Knowledge Society’, BioSocieties, vol. 9, no. 2 (2014), pp. 111–28.

Rivett, Geoffrey, From Cradle to Grave: Fifty Years of the NHS (London: King’s Fund, 2008).

Rosenberg, Charles, ‘Anticipated Consequences: Historians, History and Health Policy’, in Rosemary Stevens, Charles Rosenberg, and Lawton Burns (eds), History and Health Policy in the United States (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2006), pp. 13–31.

Ryan, Louise, ‘“I Had a Sister in England”: Family-Led Migration, Social Networks and Irish Nurses’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol. 34, no. 3 (2008), pp. 453–70.

Salmi, Hannu, ‘Cultural History, the Possible, and the Principle of Plenitude’, History and Theory, vol. 50 (May 2011), pp. 171–87.

Samuel, Raphael, East End Underworld: Chapters in the Life of Arthur Harding (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981).

Samuel, Raphael, Bloomfield, Barbara, and Boanas, Guy (eds), The Enemy Within: Pit Villages and the Miners’ Strike of 1984–5 (London: Routledge, 1987).

Samuel, Raphael, MacColl, Ewan, and Cosgrove, Stuart, Theatres of the Left, 1880–1935: Workers’ Theatre Movements in Britain and America (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1985).

Saunders, Jack, ‘Emotions, Social Practices and the Changing Composition of Class, Race and Gender in the National Health Service, 1970–79: “Lively Discussion Ensued”’, History Workshop Journal, vol. 88 (2019), pp. 204–28.

Saunders, Jack, ‘Where’s the Power in a Union and Why is it Important?’, History Workshop, 23 April 2018, (accessed 20 June 2019).

Seaton, Andrew, ‘Against the “Sacred Cow”: NHS Opposition and the Fellowship for Freedom in Medicine, 1948–72’, Twentieth Century British History, vol. 26, no. 3 (2015), pp. 424–49.

Simpson, Julian, Migrant Architects of the NHS: South Asian Doctors and the Reinvention of British General Practice (1940s–1980s) (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018).

Simpson, Julian M., ‘Reframing NHS History: Visual Sources in a Study of UK-Based Migrant Doctors’, Oral History, vol. 42, no. 2 (2014), pp. 56–68.

Stewart, Ellen, Publics and their Health Systems: Rethinking Participation (London: Palgrave, 2016).

Stewart, John, ‘The Battle for Health’: A Political History of the Socialist Medical Association, 1930–51 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1999).

Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, Florence, Class, Politics and the Decline of Deference in England, 1968–2000 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018).

Tait, Lynda, and Lester, Helen, ‘Encouraging User Involvement in Mental Health Services’, Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, vol. 11 (2005), pp. 168–75.

Thane, Pat, Divided Britain: A History of Britain, 1900 to the Present (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Thompson, E. P., The Making of the English Working Class (London: Victor Gollancz, 1963).

Thomson, Mathew, ‘The NHS and the Public: A Historical Perspective’, King’s Fund, 18 October 2017, (accessed 20 June 2019).

Tomes, Nancy, ‘Patients or Health-Care Consumers? Why the History of Contested Terms Matters’, in Rosemary Stephens, Charles E. Rosenberg, and Lawton Burns (eds), History and Health Policy in the United States: Putting the Past Back In (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2006), pp. 83–110.

Tomes, Nancy, Remaking the Modern Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2016).

Tomlinson, Jim, ‘The British “Productivity Problem” in the 1960s’, Past & Present, vol. 175, no. 1 (2002), pp. 188–210.

Toon, Elizabeth, ‘The Machinery of Authoritarian Care: Dramatising Breast Cancer Treatment in 1970s Britain’, Social History of Medicine, vol. 27, no. 3 (2014), pp. 557–76.

Vaudagna, Maurizio, ‘Historians Interpret the Welfare State, 1975–1995’, in Alice Kessler-Harris and Mourizio Vaudagna (eds), Democracy and the Welfare State: The Two Wests in the Age of Austerity (New York: Columbia University Press, 2018), pp. 27–57.

Wagg, Stephen, The London Olympics of 2012: Politics, Promises and Legacy (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Webster, Charles, The Health Services since the War, vol. 1: Problems of Health Care: The National Health Service before 1957 (London: HMSO, 1988).

Webster, Charles, The Health Services since the War, vol. 2: Government and Health Care: The British National Health Service 1958–1979 (London: HMSO, 1996).

Widgery, David, The National Health Service: A Radical Perspective (London: Hogarth Press, 1988).

Wilson, Sherryl, ‘Dramatising Health Care in the Age of Thatcher’, Critical Studies in Television, vol. 7, no. 1 (2012), pp. 13–28.

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