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South Wales consists of both the Coalfield and the coastal strip. The
region has a distinctive history of medicine and health, which was brought
about by rapid industrial growth from the late nineteenth century and swift
economic decline in the aftermath of the First World War.
This page lists historical records for occupational and community health,
predominantly between 1890 and 1948, which are held at the
Archive Service and the
It was compiled by Dr Sara Knight, an honorary lecturer in the School of
Health Science at Swansea University, and generously funded by the
Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust.
Click here to browse the
records by selected criteria
Click here to search the records
For annotated illustrations of medical records in the South Wales Coalfield
Collection at Swansea University, and access to the enhanced online
catalogue, please see the
Wellcome Trust web page.
Chronology of State Medicine, Public Health, Welfare and Related Services in Britain: 10-66-1999,
History of Medicine Online, http://www.priory.co.uk/homol.htm
NHS History, http://www.nhshistory.com
Institute for Historical Research, http://www.hist.ac.uk/ihr/Focus/Medical/index.html
Wellcome Trust, http://www.wellcome.ac.uk
Borsay, Anne (ed.), Medicine in Wales, c.1800-2000: Public Service or Private Commodity (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2003).
Cooter, Roger and Pickstone, John (Eds), Companion to Medicine in the Twentieth Century (London: Routledge, 2000).
Hardy, Anne, Health and Medicine in Britain since 1860 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001).
Jones, Helen, Health and Society in Twentieth-Century Britain (London: Longman, 1994).
Lawrence, Christopher, Medicine in the Making of Modern Britain, 1700-1920 (London: Routledge, 1994).
Michael, Pamela and Webster, Charles (eds), Health and Society in Twentieth-Century Wales (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2006).
Williams, Chris, Capitalism, Community and Conflict: The South Wales Coalfield, 1898-1947 (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1998).