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Scale model of Bromley-By-Bow Healthy Living Centre, England, 1994

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This model is of a pioneering new health centre in one of London’s most poverty-stricken areas, Bromley-by-Bow. Here, conventional medical treatments are supplied as part of an integrated series of services and facilities, including a nursery, church, cafes and activity centres. Treatment for illnesses and diseases may include singing lessons or exercise instead of drugs. The approach is holistic – looking at the whole person rather than just the signs of illness. The model was made as a focus for discussion with the local community. The health centre was built in 1997 and still thrives today.

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Glossary: model - representation

Use for a scaled representation of an object or structure, usually three-dimensional. The item is often idealised or modified to make it conceptually easier to understand.

Glossary: holism

The theory that parts of the body cannot be explained without reference to the whole body.