People's Health Summary (Early Modern)

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  • Created on: 04-06-18 15:47
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  • People's Health Period Summary (1500-1750)
    • Overview
      • Improvements made by the government only made life better for the rich
      • People still had a lack of knowledge about the plague
      • Living conditions mostly stayed the same, though there were some changes (not all of them were for the better)
    • Epidemics
      • Plague Act (1604)
      • Change in attitudes to sick people
        • 1578-1667 - people were locked up for six weeks
        • 1518 - sick people could walk around freely with a white stick
        • 1528 - Public Orders were issued
      • People avoided the sick
        • Whole families would be locked in their house if one of them became ill
      • Still believed in miasma
        • Wore heavy cloaks, hoods and leather beaks filled with sweet smelling flowers
      • Rich ran away to the countryside
      • Didn't do as much for God for forgiveness as medieval period
    • Living Conditions
      • Cramped streets
      • Animals still lived in the streets
      • Lack of sunlight from overbearing buildings
      • Open drains were running through the streets
      • Houses were overcrowded and mouldy/damp leading to breathing problems especially in children
      • Addictions to coffee and sugar led to health problems (obesity and heart strain)
      • Houses were still being made from wood
        • Some were beginning to be made out of stone
      • The rich enjoyed a varied diet from the colonies
      • Water could be paid to be piped to houses
      • Waste would be collected and cesspits emptied for you
    • Improvements
      • Roads and paths were being paved
      • Rich people were getting bigger houses
      • Houses were being made out of stone
      • Towns were becoming more organised
      • Anyone who made a dunghill had to pay a fine
      • All house owners had to clean outside of their house twice a week
      • Pigs had to be kept in stys


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