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which was published by Tickhill & District Local History Society in September 2014.

The website contains only new material not published in the book.

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10 - WELFARE and PUBLIC HEALTH

For centuries, health and welfare services were provided by the church and the state. Lack of medical knowledge, the prevalence of infectious diseases and poor hygiene practices resulted in high mortality rates.  In general, medical treatment was the preserve of the wealthy; the poor, the infirm and the aged had to rely on charity to survive. Until the introduction of the Welfare State in 1948, provision in Tickhill has been governed by religious orders, local wealthy benefactors, the Parish, the Workhouse, local ‘surgeons’, druggists, doctors and the Medical Officer of Health.

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