Between 1850 and 1900, Milwaukeeâ€™s rapid population growth also gave rise to high death rates, infectious diseases, crowded housing, filthy streets, inadequate water supplies, and incredible stench. The Healthiest City shows how a coalition of reform groups brought about community education and municipal action to achieve for Milwaukee the title of â€œthe healthiest cityâ€ by the 1930s. This highly praised book reminds us that cutting funds and regulations for preserving public health results in inconvenience, illness, and even death.
Â Â Â â€œA major work. . . . Leavitt focuses on three illustrative issuesâ€”smallpox, garbage, and milk, representing the larger areas of infectious disease, sanitation, and food control.â€â€”Norman Gevitz, Journal of the American Medical Association
Â Â Â â€œLeavittâ€™s research provides additional evidence . . . that improvements in sanitation, living conditions, and diet contributed more to the overall decline in mortality rates than advances in medical practice. . . . A solid contribution to the history of urban reform politics and public health.â€â€”Jo Ann Carrigan, Journal of American History
Author : Judith W. Leavitt
ISBN : 0299151646
Language : English
No of Pages : 318
Edition : New edition
Publication Date : 5/15/1996
Format/Binding : Paperback
Book dimensions : 8.51x5.57x0.69
Book weight : 0.01
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