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London in the Later Middle AgesGovernment and People 1200-1500$
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Caroline M. Barron

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257775

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257775.001.0001

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Welfare Provision

Welfare Provision

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(p.267) chapter eleven Welfare Provision
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London in the Later Middle Ages
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Caroline M. Barron (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257775.003.11

This chapter explores the ways in which the city corporately, working together with religious houses and city companies, and much assisted by charitable individuals, provided welfare support for the young, the ill, the poor, and the old. Provision was made for orphans, for the destitute poor, for the sick, those who were terminally ill, and for the old. The role played by hospitals and the medical profession in the care of the sick is examined. The gradual invasion of lay professionals into areas previously the exclusive domain of the Church is observed and discussed.

Keywords:   orphans, poor, hospitals, terminally ill, lay professionals, medical profession

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