An analysis of contagious diseases during the victorian era

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Hand bill from the New York City Board of Health—the outdated public health advice demonstrates the lack of understanding of the disease and its actual causative factors During the second cholera pandemic of —, the scientific community varied in its beliefs about its causes.

The Ansei outbreak of —60, for example, is believed to have killed betweenandpeople in Tokyo alone. Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. In their case, these were age, constitution, climate, alcoholism and blood diseases, and exciting causes such as cold, vapours, dust and other diseases, especially colds and influenza.

Even when the role of the microorganism was accepted, poor diet, other illnesses, occupational conditions, damp, cold and nervous tendencies, among many factors, were seen as necessary to turn infection into disease.

An analysis of contagious diseases during the victorian era

It focuses on diseases that are directly and indirectly communicable. The only illustration that seems to be relevant relates to the growing number of isolation hospitals in the Victorian era. Our approach is different in three senses. Russians believed the disease was contagious and quarantined their citizens. The task of translating nineteenth-century data on causes of death into current notions of the causes and nature of disease is, as everyone acknowledges, fraught with danger. A second cholera pandemic began in , reached Russia, causing the Cholera Riots. The disease killed an estimated , Europeans annually during the 19th century and one third of all the blindness of that time was caused by smallpox. During Napoleon 's retreat from Moscow in , more French soldiers died of typhus than were killed by the Russians. Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Though Filippo Pacini had isolated Vibrio cholerae as the causative agent for cholera that year, it would be many years before miasma theory would fall out of favor. The move towards accepting some degree of communicability only began in the s, and still in terms of some type of predisposition of an inherited or acquired weakness or vulnerability. Why this is so we can only speculate. Cholera claimed , lives in Russia ; [33] , in Spain ; [34] 90, in Japan and over 60, in Persia.

But if history is supposed to make sense of the past, we feel that historically sensitive categories cannot be avoided, even if they complicate the job for historians. Typhus appeared again in the late s, and between and during the Great Irish Famine. This aspect of the discussion is obviously part of a larger, historiographical debate about historical categories and master narratives.

More generally, the condition of the soil the lung tissue was seen to be more important than the presence of any seed irritant or microorganism. Some historians have assumed that what happened in relation to childhood mortality was repeated at other ages.

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In France, doctors believed cholera was associated with the poverty of certain communities or poor environment.

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Diseases and epidemics of the 19th century