When I was first thinking about what to do for my PhD, I was told about Canadian historian Jameel Hampton. Dr. Hampton was working on a PhD project involving the Disablement Income Group (one of the topics of my thesis) and looking at disability policy in the UK from 1945-1975.
Effectively, this is the “prequel” to my thesis on disability policy in the UK from 1965-1995.
In late 2011, Dr Hampton gave this lecture at a Canadian university on his research topic, focusing specifically in the final half of the presentation on DIG, thalidomide and the benefit case of Jimmy Martin.
It’s well worth a listen if you’ve got time. Many of the subjects I discuss on this blog are given much more context when you know the history of post-war developments in the welfare state for “the civilian disabled”.