A public health history of a forgotten corner of Kent: the Isle of Sheppey
Smith, David M.
Andrew and Kearns (2005) note that despite increasing interest in the relationship between health and place, little attention has been given to the historical trajectories of particular places and the importance of history in shaping contemporary health experiences and provision. We develop this argument through a case study of Sheppey, a small island off the North Kent coast, examining environmental and socioeconomic determinants of its health history and how they informed early public health strategies. The article concludes by discussing the ways in which the island’s history and its island status inform contemporary health strategies, in positive and negative directions.
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