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15. Lots of infectious diseases went down due to improved hygiene ...
Wed Dec 23, 2015, 11:47 AM
Dec 2015

everything from cleaner public water supplies to the greater availability of soap to those pesky signs in restrooms warning all employees to wash their hands. When people weren't aware of germs, they didn't pay so much attention to hygiene; they needed to be educated into better habits. Nowadays we have a tendency to go overboard with antiobiotic cleansers and the like, but note that diphtheria and gastrointestinal infections vanished as categories after 1900, and all infectious diseases declined in both intervals. We now consider a certain degree of personal cleanliness to be "comnon sense", but without an understanding of how infectious agents are transmitted, it just didn't mean much to most people.

fascinating. thanks KentuckyWoman Dec 2015 #1
A member of my family (old-timey) died from "dropsy" SoCalDem Dec 2015 #2
"Dropsy" is edema, so that was probably congestive heart failure Spider Jerusalem Dec 2015 #3
that suicide is now in the top 10 is a sad commentary on our society Amishman Dec 2015 #4
The rate has actually remained steady oberliner Dec 2015 #7
It's good that the top 4 in 2010 are primarily old age illnesses FLPanhandle Dec 2015 #5
Is "senility" what they called Alzheimers in 1900? oberliner Dec 2015 #6
I think you're right - Alzheimer's only came into common use in the last few decades hatrack Dec 2015 #8
Three of my four grandparents died of infections that now can be cured with antibiotics. greatauntoftriplets Dec 2015 #9
Sad to think how many lives have been lost to what are now considered trivial infections. eppur_se_muova Dec 2015 #13
It really is sad. greatauntoftriplets Dec 2015 #16
I'm only here because of 3 deaths. OnlinePoker Dec 2015 #19
That happened quite frequently back then, unfortunately. greatauntoftriplets Dec 2015 #21
Cancer doesn't look good. mmonk Dec 2015 #10
More people are living long enough to get cancer -- ironically, that's a good thing. eppur_se_muova Dec 2015 #12
Indeed it does not look good. GeeNeeUs Dec 2015 #14
"detox" - LOL trotsky Dec 2015 #17
Alas, even your liver can be overwhelmed by synthetic toxic chemical crud GeeNeeUs Dec 2015 #18
Do you know what causes most liver cancers? trotsky Dec 2015 #20
One reason why our environmental issues only get more complicated The2ndWheel Dec 2015 #11
Lots of infectious diseases went down due to improved hygiene ... eppur_se_muova Dec 2015 #15
A useful guide would be average age of death over the years. Eleanors38 Dec 2015 #22
What, pray tell, are "nepropathies"? KamaAina Dec 2015 #23
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