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Reduced mortality - increased morbidity?

- Morbidity in relation to the emerging system of sickness benefits in the period 1890-1960

Project by Helene Kristina Castenbrandt, Postdoc at Copenhagen Centre for Health Research in the Humanities (CoRe)
Helene studies changes in morbidity together with changes in the perception of illness in relation to the emerging welfare state in Europe. With the industrial revolution, a system of private health insurance societies (sickness funds) emerged, which offered labourers with membership compensation for sick leave.

Archive material from sickness funds provides great opportunities for studying morbidity. The study will focus on source material from Sweden.By adding new knowledge on morbidity to existing facts about mortality, the project will provide a better understanding of the differences and changes in public health.