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CLIP 14339

How were victims of scarlet fever cared for before the NHS?

How were victims of scarlet fever cared for before the NHS?
Key Info
  • How were victims of scarlet fever cared for before the NHS?
  • Duration: 01:15
  • Scarlet fever caused great fear in in the days before the National Health Service was created. Victims were unlikely to survive. A man describes how he was diagnosed with the disease as a baby. He was taken to hospital in the "fever van" and isolated from patients and visitors. Each patient was given a number which was used to identify them in the hospital. The number was also used in noticeboard and newspaper listings that reported the state of health of each patient. The contemporary film is used to illustrate the narration of the former patient.First broadcast on 'Timeshift' on BBC4 in October 2012.
  • Subject:



    Origins of the Welfare State in the 20th Century

  • Keywords: scarlet fever, disease, infection, illness, health, medicine, medicine through time, National Health Service, NHS, healthbeforethenhs, timeshift
Ideas for use in class
  • Younger pupils might use this to study different aspects of social history in the 20th century and make comparisons with their own perceptions of health care. Older pupils could view this source to describe the state of health care before the National Health Service was created. The personal experiences of the former scarlet fever patient and his family might be expanded upon to discover a wider range of motives for improving health care. It could be viewed in conjunction with 14340, 14341 and 14342. This exercise could be extended to research how far the National health Service answered the concerns of patients.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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