Essay On Diseases In The Early 1800s

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“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. Scarlet Fever was one of the many illnesses in the 1800’s. Although outbreaks are less common now as in the past, Scarlet Fever is one of the deadliest diseases. “Throughout the 1800s, Scarlet Fever was a major killer. (Humphries/ Bystrianyk 15) It had been a far bigger killer than smallpox,…show more content…
(Humphries/ Bystrianyk 15) Even by the early 1900s, if you became ill with scarlet fever the chances of dying had also decreased by over 95%. (Humphries/ Bystrianyk 15)” Diseases like Scarlet Fever made the sanitation revolution necessary. The sanitation revolution was an environmental clean-up, such as filtering water and improving sewage disposal. The sanitary revolution also was one of the greatest medical advances. Treatments of Scarlet Fever varied over time, resulting in different methods being used. An effective treatment we now use is known as Penicillin V Potassium, which can help with pneumonia, scarlet fever, and ear, skin, and throat infections, or it can be used to prevent rheumatic arthritis and chorea. Despite different types of herbal medicines in the 1800’s bloodletting was more common. “Once a physician, who usually had little training in this era and did not practice medicine full time, diagnosed scarlet fever, he often implemented a common plan of treatment - bloodletting…. practiced across many cultures, bloodletting was a common medical therapeutic. (Radikas/ Connolly 2) The practice of bloodletting

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