Public Health

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  • Created on: 14-03-14 19:50

WHY WAS THERE A NEED FOR PUBLIC HEALTH?

  • pressure came from local authorities
  • disease was not a respector of person, it killed anyone
  • there were several epidemics and pandemics with countless diseases at this time
  • there was severe lacking in medical knowledge; people thought disease came from punishment from God or miasma
  • cities and towns were filthy, people lived amongst farm animals, dirt was everywhere, people lived in close proximities with each other
  • with no public health, dirt, smell, disease, unsanitation would always remain

POPULATION:

  • overcrowding because increasingly common
  • in 1801 the population of people living in towns was around 33%, this rose to 72% by 1891
  • in the 1820s, Bristol's population grew by 70%
  • one million migrants settled in London in the 1840s making everything strained
  • birth rates overtook the number of death rates
  • however, in Manchester, 57% of babies died before their 5th birthday

HOUSING:

  • poor housing was always an issue, ever since the medieval times and beyond where people lived in slums
  • cellars and attics were filled with working people and their families
  • 10,000 woolcombers were living and working…

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