Life, Death and the Elderly: Historical Perspectives

1st Edition

Margaret Pelling, Richard M. Smith

Routledge
Published February 17, 1994
Reference - 272 Pages
ISBN 9780415111355 - CAT# RU12721

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Summary

Debates on policy concerning medical care and social welfare of the elderly become ever more pressing, and many of the assumptions on which they are based are now open to question. This study sets out to provide a historical perspective on the economic, medical, class and gender relations of the elderly, which until now have received relatively little attention. In particular, the position of the elderly is linked to the fundamental issues of health, disability and medical care. With attention currently focused on the setting of the retirement age, community and family care, and pensions, as well as wider debates on the rights of the elderly, this volume aims to supply a historical context for such issues.

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