Medicine - Public health: problems, 1350 - 1750

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Between 1350 and 1750, problems with public health provision increased as towns and cities were getting bigger


  • Rubbish, dead animals and human and animal excrement were dumped on streets and left there
  • Rivers were often polluted and there was little clean water. Most people drank ale instead of water
  • Poor sanitation caused health problems. Sewage often contaminated water

Infectious disease

  • Outbreaks of infectious disease between 1350 and 1750 were frequent and deadly, partly because of poor public health
  • Local authorities tried several methods to deal with them, but they had little success because they didn't understand what caused disease
  • During the 1665 plague in



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