Medicine - Industrialisation

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Causes of disease

  • Between 1750 and 1850 people came to believe more strongly in rational, scientific explanation for disease
  • They thought disease was caused by:
  •  - Miasma - ("bad air" filled with fumes from rotting material)
  •  - Germs - produced by rotting animals and plants (spontaneous generation)

The problems

  • Poor quality housing - little ventilation, damp rooms
  • Overcrowding and cramped living conditions - several families lived


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