“In the late 1800 and early 1900's, infectious diseases were the most serious threat to health and well being.” Until the late 1900’s the leading cause of death was communicable diseases. As doctors gain more knowledge about medicine the death rate of those disease has substantially decreased. The three main illnesses of the 1800’s-1900’s were scarlet fever, tuberculosis, and chicken pox, yet a positive outcome from these horrendous sicknesses were antibiotics, remedies, and vaccines.
How has the Philadelphia yellow fever epidemic of 1793 change history? An appalling contagious outbreak impacted the colossal city of America and its country’s capital. In the summer of 1793 the weather was brutally humid and mild. Therefore, this infectious disease has initiated in August and is known to be terminated approximately few months later in November. This disease has commenced by mosquitoes and caused a massive amount of deaths. Not only has this epidemic dispatched numerous people it made them suffer to the point where it was unbearable to handle.
The Progressive Movement, occurring between the 1890s-1920s, arose to ameliorate the deficiencies of the Gilded Age. Although the Gilded Age was a prosperous time for the U.S. economy, the wealth was not distributed evenly. Yes, the Progressive Movement failed to address racial equality, but there were milestones in remedying political corruption, making the free market less monopolized, and improving the quality of life for the population which made the progressive movement overall-effective.
In the 1950s, there were usually a specific guideline for what a family is supposed to look like. According to a Washington Post article by Bridgid Schulte in 2014, called “Unlike in the 1950s, there is no “typical” US family today”, the United States has since changed the family dynamic. In the 50s, the head of the family was always the father, and he made the money to support his wife and their kids, who would someday do the same for their families. The mother would almost always stay home to care for, feed and clothe the children as the stereotypical “Homemaker” that was romanticized during this decade. Schulte mentions that, “But perhaps what we haven’t fully understood yet is that today, there is no one “typical” family. The breadwinner-homemaker family, the norm since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, is being replaced by a new norm of diversity” (Schulte). Family life in the 1950s is one of the most looked back upon generations, because it was so closely following the second World War, and was the beginning of the Baby Boomer generation. Because a lot of the soldiers were returning from the war to their wives to have children, the
The Columbian Exchange is a mark in history that has lead to pivotal outcomes that has affected the world today as well as the past. The Exchange between the old and new world has brought advances to today’s world due to sacrifices and interactions between two distinctly different populations. Both worlds introduced one another to new diseases, and resources that overall lead to advancements in research and new resources of survival to help sustain populations in both worlds, which have carried over into present day and has allowed for the development of the human population. Sustainable populations allowed individuals to no longer concentrate solely on survival rather have time to research and expand knowledge about health practices and give attention to preventing deadly epidemics. Although the interaction of disease did give rise to deadly epidemics in the new world the advancements made in medicine changed how disease and illness were treated and further allowed a change in perspective about health and survival.
Between the years of 1800 and 1900, the North American social and political landscape changed by the presence of so many African people, who brought with them several centuries of civilization. Africanized America in terms of medicine. In this paper, I will be exploring the influence of Africans on the American traditions of medicine.
The 18th century had been a world of unknown scientific and medical exploration. Across the globe, many kingdoms and countries had faced a similar complication that baffled even the most educated physicians and politicians. Every summer civilians would meet with their local doctors and grumble about their bodily issues, but each doctor had discovered the same symptoms. On August 3, 1793 the city of Philadelphia had a devastating disease lurking in the streets and alleyways. Jim Murphy, an American author of “An American Plague”, is an author to more than 35 nonfiction and fiction books for children and young adults, also winning multiple awards for his accurate and such accomplished work. The variety of subjects in history to choose from had
An inspirational quote belonging to Christopher Columbus reads as follows: "By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination." With this attitude, Columbus prevailed over an abundance of his problems; although, there are modern tools that would have assisted in said triumphs greatly. Shipwrecks, scurvy, and superstition were amongst the variety of obstacles Italian explorer Christopher Columbus faced throughout his voyages to the New World during the 15th century. Countless inventions have come to life during the years after Columbus’ last journey in 1502. Many of these innovations could have served useful to the explorer as he faced problems on the open sea. Three particular inventions
In the summer of 1916, New York City was struck by a terrible epidemic. Beginning in Brooklyn, it quickly spread to the other four boroughs. At the time, nobody knew how this disease spread or how to prevent it, so the New Yorkers were sent into a panic. Knowing that diseases lived in filth, the mayor ordered that the streets of New York City be kept clean and to dispose of all garbage quickly and effectively. He also ordered that sick people be quarantined, because that had stopped the spread of sickness in the past. However, these precautions did not stop the spread of disease. During this epidemic, doctors diagnosed more than 9,000 cases with more than 2,400 deaths. This dreadful disease was known as poliomyelitis and was very prevalent in America during the 19th and early 20th century. Continuous epidemics in the United States, such as the one in New York City, left many people desperate for the answers on how this disease was spread and how to control it. This ultimately led to the creation of Jonas Salk’s inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) and the complete eradication
Its primary mission was simple yet highly challenging: prevent malaria from spreading across the nation. However, 45 years later the U.S. Congress, as part of the Preventive Health Amendments of 1992, has recognized CDC 's leadership role in prevention by formally changing its name to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (http://www.cdc.gov/about/history/index.html) Clearly, the U.S. government recognized the essential need and benefits for prevention in healthcare. The focus of the CDC in now targeted on five strategic areas: supporting state and local health departments, improving global health, implementing measures to decrease leading causes of death, strengthening surveillance and epidemiology, and reforming health policies. Preventative medicine is essential to disease prevention and quality of life. It starts at birth and continues throughout one’s life. Both pediatric and geriatric practitioners alike have integrated preventative measures in the treatment of their
The American family has undergone many changes since the 1900’s. More so, in the past 40 years, the nuclear family seen dramatic changes and has been described as deteriorating. There has been a dramatic rise in divorce, single parent households and child poverty. Studies have shown that children growing up in poverty-stricken single parent households are more likely to be affected well into adulthood. While this is the case, people are also living longer, and families are accommodating this change by living with relatives allowing for more bonding time then in previous generations. The idea of deteriorating values within America is subjective as there are advantages as well as disadvantages to the children of these families.
Throughout the last century there have been major changes in families. There has been a major transformation of family life and there is no longer a “typical” family that people aim to achieve. All families are different and there is no longer the superficial sameness of families. Some major changes