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The Healthiest City: Milwaukee and the Politics of Health Reform / Edition 1
     

The Healthiest City: Milwaukee and the Politics of Health Reform / Edition 1

by Judith W. Leavitt
 

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ISBN-10: 0299151646

ISBN-13: 9780299151645

Pub. Date: 05/28/1996

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

Between 1850 and 1900, Milwaukee’s rapid population growth also gave rise to high death rates, infectious diseases, crowded housing, filthy streets, inadequate water supplies, and incredible stench. The Healthiest City shows how a coalition of reform groups brought about community education and municipal action to achieve for Milwaukee the title of

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Between 1850 and 1900, Milwaukee’s rapid population growth also gave rise to high death rates, infectious diseases, crowded housing, filthy streets, inadequate water supplies, and incredible stench. The Healthiest City shows how a coalition of reform groups brought about community education and municipal action to achieve for Milwaukee the title of “the healthiest city” by the 1930s. This highly praised book reminds us that cutting funds and regulations for preserving public health results in inconvenience, illness, and even death.
    “A major work. . . . Leavitt focuses on three illustrative issues—smallpox, garbage, and milk, representing the larger areas of infectious disease, sanitation, and food control.”—Norman Gevitz, Journal of the American Medical Association
    “Leavitt’s research provides additional evidence . . . that improvements in sanitation, living conditions, and diet contributed more to the overall decline in mortality rates than advances in medical practice. . . . A solid contribution to the history of urban reform politics and public health.”—Jo Ann Carrigan, Journal of American History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299151645
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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