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dc.contributor.authorBrown, Douglas
dc.contributor.authorGreen, David
dc.contributor.authorMcIlvenna, Kathleen
dc.contributor.authorShelton, Nicola
dc.date.accessioned2020-05-26T14:39:32Z
dc.date.available2020-05-26T14:39:32Z
dc.date.issued2020-05-10
dc.identifier.citationBrown, D., Green, D., McIlvenna, K., and Shelton, N., (2020). 'The beating heart of the system: the health of postal workers in Victorian London'. Journal of Historical Geography, pp. 1-11.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0305-7488
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jhg.2020.04.001
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/624817
dc.description.abstractIn the later decades of the nineteenth century, the United Kingdom experienced a shift in the causes of mortality, from infectious diseases to those more associated with ageing. This epidemiological transition from acute to chronic conditions was accompanied by an increase in longevity and a corresponding increase in morbidity, measured by rising rates of sickness absence. As longevity improved, the period between the onset of ill health and death lengthened. If we are to understand the daily lived experiences of health in different places during the epidemiological transition, it is necessary to explore the complex causes of morbidity rather than just focus on mortality. We argue that other reasons need to be considered alongside age as important influences on the incidence and duration of ill health, including urbanisation, occupational risks and cultural and institutional factors. Using evidence drawn from a sample of pension records of postal workers, we examine a variety of different factors that could have accounted for the changing pattern of morbidity observed in other studies. We conclude that age alone cannot account for the greater incidence of sickness absence and ill health and that other factors relating to the residential and working environment, as well as institutional arrangements for sick pay, need to be taken into account.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was supported by Kingston University and King’s College London.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherElsevieren_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/journal-of-historical-geography/articles-in-pressen_US
dc.relation.urlhttp://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/45314en_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305748820300335en_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectpost officeen_US
dc.subjectepidemiological transitionen_US
dc.subjectoccupational healthen_US
dc.subjectnineteenth centuryen_US
dc.subjectvictorian britainen_US
dc.titleThe beating heart of the system: the health of postal workers in Victorian Londonen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentKingston Universityen_US
dc.contributor.departmentKings College, Londonen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity College Londonen_US
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Historical Geographyen_US
dcterms.dateAccepted2020-04-01
dc.author.detail785674en_US


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