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History in health and health services: exploring the possibilities
  1. S Sheard
  1. Division of Public Health and School of History, University of Liverpool, UK
  1. Dr S Sheard, Senior Lecturer in History of Medicine, Division of Public Health, University of Liverpool, Whelan Building, Quadrangle, Liverpool L69 3GB, UK; sheard{at}


Historical skills—especially the methodologies involved in interpreting a wide range of sources—can provide a useful analysis of the structure and function of health services, and be used as a means of improving public understanding of the expectations and experiences of health and health care. This paper discusses some key examples of different strategies used by historians to show how they can collaborate effectively with health professionals.

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  • Competing interests: None declared.

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