Diseases In The Victorian Era

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The Victorian Era began when Queen Victoria came into throne in 1831 and ended when she passed away in 1901(Lang -Sean 297). During this period in time things were different than they are today. Children’s lives were different, education, religions and the types of diseases. Many say that the Victorians were the ones who put science and technology on pedestal go , as well as religion. Diseases where very a very common cause of death. To understand why they raised the death rate up so high, we need to know about how the life expectancy. Middle class men were expected to live up to 45 years, work men and labourers up to 23 years, children were lucky of they lived up to 5 years due to the absence if vaccines.The diseases that prevented the long life of people were the following: smallpox , cholera,scurvy, scarlet fever, and sexually transmitted diseases. Cholera was caused by the use of contaminated water. Victorians knew that it was due to human waste and open sewers around Victoria London. The sewers spread the disease furthermore. Popular symptoms were nausea, diarrhea ,terrible vomiting and cramps. After the first 24 hours of the first symptom, death was not uncommon. Children got sick really easily as well. It was more common for kids to die at a young age because their immune systems were weak. The children that did grow to an old age were lucky, but eventually caught a disease and passed away. One illness that caused death for young children was Scarlet
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