FIGHTING FIT: THE WARTIME BATTLE FOR BRITAIN'S HEALTH
By Laura Dawes
Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2016
In print, e-book and audio book
At the beginning of WW II, medical experts predicted epidemics of physical and mental illness on the home front, yet Britain ended the war in better health than ever before. ‘Fighting Fit’ reveals an extraordinary, forgotten story of medical triumph against the odds. Through a combination of meticulous planning and last minute scrambling, Britain succeeded in averting the ‘dark curse’ on the nation’s health (Churchill). Doctors, nurses, social workers, boy scouts, tea ladies, Nobel Prize winners, air raid wardens, housewives, nutritionists and psychologists battled to keep the nation fit and well in wartime.