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The Epidemic Streets: Infectious Diseases and the Rise of Preventive Medicine 1856–1900

Anne Hardy


This book represents an advance in the historical study of death and disease in the 19th century. It draws on a wide range of public health records and provides a detailed epidemiological investigation of the behaviour of the infectious diseases in the Victorian city. Whooping cough and measles, scarlet fever and diptheria, smallpox, typhus, typhoid, and tuberculosis ravaged millions of families and made life desperately uncertain a hundred years ago; today they have almost ceased to trouble the developed world. The book explores the factors that helped to reduce their fatality, focusing parti ... More

Keywords: death, disease, public health, infectious diseases, preventive medicine, Thomas McKeown, population growth, Victorian society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198203773
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203773.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Hardy, author
Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London