Public health in the 1800s

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  • Public health in the 1800s
    • Public health was extremely bad as a result of the industrial revolution
      • This caused urbanisation in cities near factories
    • People shared toilets outside, there was rubbish all over the streets and the rivers were extremely dirty
      • These were perfect conditions for  disease and micro-organisms to grow and spread all over the city
    • Only rich families had piped water and their own toilets
    • Cholera was a highly infectious water borne disease that had fatal consequences
      • In 1948 there was a massive outbreak that killed nearly 70,000 people
    • 'The Great Stink' - 1858
      • 'The Great Stink' was a result of a very hot summer and a lack of rain
      • The smell from the rivers grew worse and earned the name 'The Great Stink'
      • 'The Great Stink' was evidence that more public health reform was needed


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