Andresen, Astri et al. (eds.): Healthcare Systems

Andresen, Astri et al. (eds.): Healthcare Systems

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Since World War Two, hospitals have secured their position as the “crown jewel” of healthcare systems worldwide: the obvious place to be for sick people needing their former strength restored, their pain relieved and their lives prolonged. How did the hospital acquire this prominent position in health care and in society? This volume contains a selection of the papers presented at the 2009 Bergen workshop on the history of health and medicine, organized by the Department of Archeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion at the University of Bergen, which explored some of the paths of this important development.


The contributions discuss the existence of a Nordic or Scandinavian healthcare system paralleling the Nordic model of social welfare; the development and practices of hospitals, laboratories, institutions and voluntary associations in different parts of Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and Spain; and the contribution of medical professions and specific managerial techniques, such as strategic communication, to the development of medical institutions.

ISBN 978-82-7099-562-2, 187 PP., paperback
Format: 17x24 cm, weight 0,4 kg, year of publication 2009, language: English

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