The Epidemic Streets: Infectious Diseases and the Rise of Preventive Medicine, 1856-1900

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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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"In its broadest terms, one of the issues engaging historians of medicine is whether the abatement of the morality rate for infectious diseases in urban areas after 1859 can be attributed to better nutrition...or to the involvement of the government in public health issues....The depth and range of Hardy's analysis mark this book as one of the most significant contributions to this ongoing debate." —Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198203773
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Lexile: 1850L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

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

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