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Health before the NHS: The Road to Recovery

Timeshift, Series 12 Episode 1 of 10

Robert Winston narrates the shocking story of health in Britain before the National Health Service. In the early 20th century, getting treated if you were ill was a rudimentary, risky and costly business - a luxury few could afford. Using rare archive footage and personal testimony, the programme tells how ordinary people, GPs, midwives and local councils coped with a chaotic and ramshackle system as they struggled to deal with sickness and disease in the homes and communities of pre-World War II Britain.

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1 hour

Last on

Thu 28 Jan 2016 01:00


Role Contributor
NarratorRobert Winston
ProducerWendy McLean
DirectorWendy McLean
Executive ProducerMichael Poole

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