George Walford: The Reforms to ‘Round and Round
There is an abiding temptation to confuse change with progress, and a recent book by W. Paul James and William Tatton-Brown, Hospitals, Design and Development (London, Architectural Press) draws attention to one example of the fallacy. What we have come to think of as the old-fashioned hospital ward, with a line of beds down each side, was introduced by Florence Nightingale; she thought it safer for sick people to be out where they could be seen. Aneurin Bevan, among others, reckoned that what was provided for the poor must be bad, and a private room in hospital has come to be associated with a higher standard of medical care. But experience has shown that occupants of single rooms are three times more likely to have accidents than patients in a ward. There are other factors involved, and debate continues, but it is clear that single rooms are not an unquestionable improvement upon wards, and a return to open wards will not necessarily be an advance, either.
from Ideological Commentary 31, January 1988.
- PSI Circular Number Two (February 1979)
- PSI Circular Number One (January 1979)
- Joshua Feldman: Reconceptualising (systematic) Ideology in the Wake of Political Psychology
- George Walford and Ike Benjamin: The Sad Case of the SPGB
- Linda Sloane: Systematic Ideology and Identity / The Triangle of Society, Ideology and the Individual
- Their “Operation Utopia”
- George Orwell Letters to George Walford
- George Walford: The New Magic
- George Walford: Exploring Ideology
- George Walford: Sciences