Social medicine of an ageing rural community
Miller, Herbert Crossley
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The accompanying thesis is a socio-medical account of 329 people (134 men and 194 women) of pensionable age and over on the list of a practitioner in a rural area in the West Midlands of England. The formation of the "sample" is described and its distribution into a age and sex groups and social classes is detailed with a reference to occupations. The background - geographical, social and historical - is briefly discussed. Sections are devoted to isolation, companionship in the home, the importance oi' continuing marriage in old age and to the proximity of offspring. Details are given of housing conditions, water and electricity supplies, sewage disposal and access to telephones.