PUBLIC HEALTH

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  • Created on: 19-03-14 19:52

WHY A NEED FOR PUBLIC HEALTH:

  • pressure came from authorities to sort out mass issues
  • disease was not a respector of persons, Queen Victoria's husband (Albert) died from TB and her daughter Alice from diptheria
  • victorian diseases and death was so common that it became a way of life
  • preventing disease had to come from appropriate medical knowledge
  • wasn't until 1867 when the Germ Theory was discovered that people began considering how to improve public health by preventing dirt and filth

POPULATION:

  • overcrowding became increasingly common
  • in 1801, the population of people living in towns was around 33% but in 1891 it was 72%
  • in the 1820s, Bristol's population grew by 70%
  • one million migrants settled in London in the 1840s making it incredibly strained
  • birth rates were continuously above death rates
  • but in Manchester, 57% of babies died before their 5th birthday
  • the actual rate of growth was more concerning

HOUSING:

  • poor housing had always been around, right from the medieval times with slums
  • cellars and attics were…

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