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Author Hardy, Anne, 1953-

Title The epidemic streets : infectious disease and the rise of preventive medicine, 1856-1900 / Anne Hardy
Published Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993


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Description xii, 325 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Machine derived contents note: 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
Summary 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 diphtheria, 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 the factors 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 of modern 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
Analysis London (England)
Public health History, 1837-1901
London (England)
Public health History
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [303]-314) and index
Credits Based on author's thesis (doctoral)--Oxford University
Subject Communicable diseases -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century.
Epidemiology -- England -- London.
Medicine, Preventive -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century.
Communicable Diseases -- history.
Preventive Medicine -- history.
Communicable Diseases -- history.
Preventive Medicine -- history.
LC no. 93028155
ISBN 0198203772 (cloth)