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MAKING THE MODERN WORLD
Stories about the lives we've made

Tour 5: Making modern health

18202000

As industrial society has evolved, the means of sustaining good health and effectively remedying illness have developed. Britain's nineteenth century industrial towns were the setting for a public health crisis of monstrous proportions. This began to be brought under control in the last decades of the nineteenth century, as European medicine incorporated emerging scientific techniques and technologies. The twentieth century brought further challenges in the shape of war and new scientific and technological breakthroughs, all of which have contributed to develop medical science.


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Britain's industrial towns became hotbeds of infectious disease during the nineteenth century.

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As the nineteenth century progressed, action was taken to improve public health in the growing industrial towns.

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Towards the end of the nineteenth century, a range of new scientific innovations helped turn diagnosis of illness into a new science.

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Many traditional medicines were still in use at the end of the nineteenth century.

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During the late 1880s chemical companies started to take an interest in the pharmaceutical sector.

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The slaughter on the Western Front provided a stimulus for the development of new medical technologies.

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Imaging technologies from X-rays to MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) have opened up new vistas on the human body without the need for invasive surgery.







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