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Teaching ‘relaxed living’ in post-war Britain
Ayesha Nathoo

essential guidance as health educators, but ultimately, as one practitioner signalled in his book The Western Way of Death , it was a case of ‘your life in your hands’. 95 Conclusion In The Wellness Syndrome (2015), Cedeström and Spicer reflect on contemporary ‘prevailing attitudes towards those who fail to look after their bodies. These people are demonised as lazy, feeble or weak-willed.’  96 Relaxation, as a

in Balancing the self
Natasha Feiner

’. 56 As in 1954, though, the British media focused on other issues. Much was made, for example, of the conditions of work commonly experienced by British European Airways (BEA) pilots prior to the accident. In November 1972, The Times published an article detailing the complaints made by Captain Stanley Key before his death. In the weeks preceding the incident, Key complained to others about the length of his working days and his ‘lack of free weekends’. 57 The Staines

in Balancing the self
Daktar Binodbihari Ray Kabiraj and the metaphorics of the nineteenth-century Ayurvedic body
Projit Bihari Mukharji

for each of the three doshas . The chapter on vayu , for instance, is framed as a conference of sages where different sages offer distinct definitions of vayu without contradicting each other. Thus one sage describes vayu as ‘Rough, light, great, cold, sharp, and elaborate – these are the six normal qualities of Vayu’. A second sage, without in any way contradicting the former, has this to offer: ‘The Lord Vayu is the primal cause of creation, the cause for the rise and demise of the mortal and immortal, he is the dispenser of joys and sorrows, he is death, he

in Progress and pathology
Martin D. Moore

serial measurements as guides in blood volume replacement’, The Lancet , 288:7464 (1966), 611; P. N. Dixon, ‘Work of a nurse in a health centre treatment room’, BMJ , 4:5678 (1969), 293; ‘Death of Proplist’, The Lancet , 296:7679 (1970), 918; D. Corless, ‘Diet in the elderly’, BMJ , 4:5885 (1973), 160; ‘Do anticoagulant drugs prevent complications?’, BMJ , 4:5888 (1973), 352; V. Kempi, W. Van der Linden, and C. Von Schéele, ‘Diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis with 99m Tc-streptokinase: a clinical comparison with phlebography’, BMJ , 4:5947 (1974), 749; H. Brown

in Managing diabetes, managing medicine
Alcohol health education campaigns in England
Alex Mold

more distinct public health view of alcohol problems started to appear. This was prompted by a marked growth in alcohol consumption during the 1960s and 1970s, and with it an increase in alcohol-related illnesses such as cirrhosis of the liver. 17 Alcohol consumption almost doubled between 1950 and the mid-1970s, rising from 5.2 litres of pure alcohol per person to 9.3 litres. 18 Deaths from liver cirrhosis increased from just over 20 per million in 1950 to more than

in Balancing the self
Martin D. Moore

, depression takes hold of us and joins the prime saboteurs of our health and our peace of mind’. It was only, McNulty concluded, by recognising that misfortune ebbs and flows, and that death is the ‘natural destiny of all living things’, that patients could either regain control or find peace. 120 Given McNulty's role in both the BDA and the Diabetic Journal , it was unsurprising that his address was reprinted in the Journal for members not in the room. Indeed, the talk chimed with

in Balancing the self
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Gareth Millward

demand. Two incidents in particular are highlighted: an epidemic in Coventry in 1957; and the death of the professional footballer Jeff Hall in 1959. The chapter ends with the introduction of oral poliomyelitis vaccine and the end to these long-running supply issues. As well as covering demand, the rhetoric around polio vaccine exposes other themes that we have already encountered in the 1950s and 1960s vaccination programmes. The general climate of demand was welcome, but the government was consistently worried about pockets of apathy shown by

in Vaccinating Britain
Ian Kennedy, oversight and accountability in the 1980s
Duncan Wilson

academic lawyer Ian Kennedy. Since the late 1960s, Kennedy has written on medical definitions of death and mental illness, euthanasia, the doctor–patient relationship and the rights of AIDS patients. In line with the ‘hands-off’ approach of lawyers, Kennedy’s early work stressed that decisions should rest solely with the medical profession; but this stance changed after he encountered bioethics during a spell in the United States. In 1980 Kennedy used the prestigious BBC Reith Lectures to endorse the approach that he explicitly labelled ‘bioethics’, critiquing

in The making of British bioethics
Christine E. Hallett

of Joyeux, who gave us a great deal of trouble, desired me to write to his father that he had died the death of a hero and, when I pointed out “Nous ne sommes pas encore à ce point-là” was quite hurt. Him, I did manage to see again, being very noisy in another ward.’8 Another patient, who ‘was proud of his command of the English language, kept crying pathetically for hours:  “Seestair, seestair, elevate me – I cannot respire.” ’ Tayler explained to him that the nature of his wound meant that he must lie flat, but it took some time to convince him of this.9 Overwork

in Nurse Writers of the Great War
Christine E. Hallett

permanent base in Furnes, well behind the front-line trenches. From here, its drivers went out on nightly missions to rescue the wounded from the Battle of the Yser and the First Battle of Ypres.35 The author of A War Nurse’s Diary offers deliberately graphic descriptions of the war wounds she encountered while working with severely damaged patients in forward field dressing stations. She describes standing by ‘grievously stricken men it is impossible to help, to see the death-sweat gathering on young faces, to have no means of easing their last moments’, adding: ‘this is

in Nurse Writers of the Great War