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dc.contributor.authorMcIlvenna, Kathleen*
dc.contributor.authorBrown, Douglas*
dc.contributor.authorGreen, David R*
dc.date.accessioned2019-04-26T14:57:24Z
dc.date.available2019-04-26T14:57:24Z
dc.date.issued2019-01-23
dc.identifier.citationMcIlvenna, K., Brown, D., and Green, D. R. (2019) ‘“The natural foundation of perfect efficiency” : Medical Services and the Victorian post office’, Social History of Medicine. DOI: 10.1093/shm/hky123.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0951631X
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/shm/hky123
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/623720
dc.description.abstractThis article explores the creation of the Post Office medical service. Working for the Post Office was relatively well-paid and an increasing number of doctors were employed. Medical provision expanded with the introduction of non-contributory pensions from mid-century and developed into a comprehensive and nationwide service that was involved at all stages of employment, from initial recruitment through to receiving a pension. Post Office doctors assessed candidates’ fitness for work, checked on sick absences, provided free medicine and advice and visited workers’ homes. Doctors were responsible for determining whether or not a worker should be pensioned off on grounds of ill health. The career of the first Chief Medical Officer, Dr Waller Lewis, also illustrates the range of other areas in which the Post Office medical service became involved, including the clinical assessment and relief of sickness as well as identifying preventative measures to improve health outcomes.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipKingston Universityen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://academic.oup.com/shm/advance-article/doi/10.1093/shm/hky123/5299868en_US
dc.subjectPost Office, medical service, retirement, service sector, ill healthen_US
dc.title‘The natural foundation of perfect efficiency’: Medical services and the Victorian post officeen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.eissn14774666
dc.contributor.departmentKingston Universityen_US
dc.identifier.journalSocial History of Medicineen_US
dc.source.journaltitleSocial History of Medicine
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-10-28
dc.author.detail785674en_US


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