This significant work records the history of the pioneering British Home and Hospital for Incurables, founded in 1861. It examines the social, political and medical climate through the years and charts the fascinating and important changes over this time. It provides a vital overview for historians of medicine, healthcare and social development. Physicians, nurses and managers involved in care of the elderly and long-term sick will find the research enlightening, as will local historians and anyone with an interest in the history of South London.
The search for a first 'home' for the institution. Medical staff at Clapham Rise. A royal patroness extraordinaire : Alexandra. The 'home' in early years, and alterations to the Clapham Rise building. First patients at the BHI. The move to Streatham in 1896. A seaside house at Margate. Later buildings at Streatham, and additional property. A Royal Charter of Incorporation, and strained relations with the RHI. The BHHI in two world wars. The inter-war years. The National Health Service Act (1946). Medical aspects of the Streatham years. Controversy. Financial matters. The home in recent years.