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The Epidemic Streets

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A study of death and disease in the 19th century, and how Victorian society coped with infectious disease. A century ago whooping ... Lire la suite
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A study of death and disease in the 19th century, and how Victorian society coped with infectious disease. A century ago whooping cough, measles, scarlet fever and many other diseases ravaged millions of families and made life desperately uncertain.

she provides useful insight into 19th century British public attitudes to health and illness and to children ... This study is an ambitious undertaking, and Anne Hardy is to be commended for examining - and trying to make sense of - masses of local medical reports and studies. Her book will prove essential reading for those interested in 19th century public health and/or the McKeown debate, although the case against McKeown is not yet settled.

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Anne Hardy has drawn on a wide range of public health records for a detailed epidemiological investigation of the many infectious diseases--whooping cough, measles, scarlet fever, diphtheria, smallpox, typhus, typhoid, and tuberculosis--in Victorian society. Hardy explores factors which helped to reduce fatality, focusing particularly on preventive medicine, and on the local and domestic circumstances affecting the diseases' behavior. This is a significant contribution to the historical debate that arose from Thomas McKeown's theory of modern population growth.



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The Epidemic Streets represents a major advance in the historical study of death and disease in the nineteenth century. Anne Hardy has drawn on a wide range of public health records for a detailed epidemiological investigation of the behaviour of the infectious diseases in the Victorian city. Whooping cough and measles, scarlet fever and diptheria, smallpox, typhus, typhoid, and tuberculosis ravaged millions of families and made life desperately uncertain a hundred years ago; today they have almost ceased to trouble the developed world. Dr Hardy explores thefactors which helped to reduce their fatality, focusing particularly on the role of preventive medicine, and on the local and domestic circumstances which affected the behaviour of the different diseases. This is a significant contribution to the historical debate that arose from Thomas McKeown's theory ofmodern population growth, and it also extends our understanding of the ways in which Victorian society - both lay and medical - coped with the problems of endemic and epidemic infectious disease.

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Introduction; 1. Whooping Cough; 2. Measles; 3. Scarlet Fever; 4. Diphtheria; 5. Smallpox; 6. Typhoid; 7. Typhus; 8. Tuberculosis; 9. The Impact of Local Preventive Medicine; Appendix: Statistical Note; Bibliography; Index

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Titre: The Epidemic Streets
Sous-titre: Infectious Diseases and the Rise of Preventive Medicine 1856-1900
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Code EAN: 9780198203773
ISBN: 978-0-19-820377-3
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Oxford University Press
Genre: Médecine
nombre de pages: 338
Poids: 623g
Taille: H242mm x B162mm x T25mm
Année: 1993

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