By: Jesse Edwards

During the Industrial Revolution, little was known about sanitation, and nothing was known about what caused disease. Because of this and the growing populations, the health of people in large cities was poor. Diseases present included cholera, typhoid, typhus, and tuberculosis (TB). TB is thought to be the leading cause of death between 1800 and 1850. Estimates of the numbers of deaths contribut ed to tuberculosis are one-third of the population. It was during the Industrial Revolution that the field of public health was born. None of these homes was built with a bathroom, toilet or running water. You either washed in a tin bath in the home with the water being collected from a local pump or you simply did not wash. Many didn’t wash as it was simply easier.

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