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

Hardcover | June 1, 1995

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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 reducetheir 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 populationgrowth, 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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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 an...

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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 a...

Anne Hardy is at Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:338 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:June 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Whooping Cough2. Measles3. Scarlet Fever4. Diphtheria5. Smallpox6. Typhoid7. Typhus8. Tuberculosis9. The Impact of Local Preventive MedicineAppendix: Statistical NoteBibliographyIndex

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`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 willprove essential reading for those interested in 19th century public health and/or the McKeown debate, although the case against McKeown is not yet settled.'Linda Bryder, University of Auckland, Meta Science, New Series Issue Six 1994