the invention of machines meant there was less work for people in the country side
towns and cities rapidly grew in population
these changes had an impact on the people's health
causes of disease
between 1750-1850 people came to believe strongly in a rational scientific explanation for disease
they thought disease was caused by
miasma, 'bad air'
and spontaneous generation, that decaying matter produced germs.
poor quality housing- little ventilation, damp rooms
overcrowding- more than one family living in a house
little fresh food in big towns and cities
drinking water was polluted by cities
long working hours
poor working conditions- factories had little ventilation, and often damp
thousands of people were killed by infectious diseases
these were often caused by contaminated water supply and earily spread in poor living conditions
cholera was particularly frightening- it spread quickily and 2/3 of those who caught it died
treatments for cholera included
burning dead people's clothes and bedding
pray and carrying lucky charms
house cleaning using chloride of lime
burning tar, and vinegar to create smoke on the streets
liquid or pills that were supposed to cure all illnesses.