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Health Issues of the 19th Century
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The American Public Health Association (APHA) was founded in 1872.
It is the oldest and Largest organization of public health professionals in the world.
This organization helped get the fertility rate go back to its normal range because the flu decreased it so much.
The death rate increased with the epidemics, and with this organization it went back down.
St. John's Hospital
It started out as a military hospital only. Once the health epidemics came through they had more military officials. They also had to expand.
Today there are still hospitals up and running from the 19th century, at a slower pace then others but still running.
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Health Issues of the 19th Century
The 19th century is when the rapid growth of hospitals began.
By: Peyton and Sean
They were moving toward helping the living conditions to help their health
Inventions, including x-rays and vaccinations, were created to help the conditions
They finally started learning about the importance of hygiene.
They decided to improve the conditions of hospitals so less disease would be caught.
Throughout the 19th century there were many flu epidemics
1st Major Epidemic
Cholera (infectious and sometimes fatal intestinal disease)
2nd Major Epidemic
Typhus (a disease spread by lice or fleas
Typhoid (an infection that starts with a fever and continues with diarrhea or/and a rash)
The first outbreak of cholera was found in Britain at Sunderland in autumn and killed 52,000 people. The deadliest disease of that century. Caused by the dirtyness of things people consumed or were around. I can kill anyone, even the healthiest person, in a matter of hours.
Even though they were in tight spaces it was a step up from before. At least having help with nurses.
One morning Edgar Allan Poe woke up with a serious headache and didn’t feel the greatest. He knew he had issues with his heart and blood sugars so Poe stayed in bed most of the day and relaxed to try and get better. That afternoon as he felt a lot better he decided to go get some fresh air and take a stroll down the park. There he got the inspiration to start writing. To write one of his gruesome stories that make people nervous to read but can’t stop.
When he was about half way done with this story, he just hit a wall. He didn’t know what to write about, he just couldn’t move on. All of the sudden, this heat wave came through and he started getting really hot. For him, that wasn’t good because Poe had had a record of having bad blood sugars and when you get a heat wave, not just from outside, that is not a good sign. It shows that your body is starting to shut down from not having enough glucose. Even knowing that, Poe decided he should go get a drink. For most people they would think water, but no. Poe was craving some alcohol from the local bar down town. Once he got there he saw a few people he knew and one drink turned into many drinks.
After his vision was halfway gone he got up and left the bar. But not to the direction of his house. He was so confused he didn’t know where he was going. He walked passed this not so nice group of people and they stopped him. They beat him and took his clothes so he had to go out and find some and put them on because they were all he had. Eventually from the beating, from the drinking, from his bad blood sugars, and his irregular heartbeat, Poe just passed out. When someone finally found him it had been a few hours and he was unconscious. They brought him to the hospital and even then he was in and out of consciousness. When he was conscious he was shouting “Reynolds!” No one knew what for though. But then on October 7, 1849, Poe passed with his last words a prayer, “Lord, help my poor soul.” That was the last of Edgar Allan Poe.