People, Environment, Disease and Death

A Medical Geography of Britain Throughout the Ages

G. Melvyn Howe

People, Environment, Disease and Death
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G. Melvyn Howe

Distributed for University of Wales Press

328 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 | © 1997
Cloth $30.00 ISBN: 9780708313732 Published July 1997 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
This text looks at illness and death in Britain as something very dependant upon the whole environment. It adopts the environmental and geographical approach to the study of diseases and death from Medieval to modern times. Maps illustrate the favourable or unfavourable mortality experience of different parts of the country. This scientific study is aimed at the non-expert, to show the way in which the health of the British people is, and has been, influenced by (i)their racial history, blood groups, genes, and (ii)the environment - physical (weather, water, soils), biological (bacteria, viruses, pollen, fungi) and human (housing, food, drugs, pollution, noise, tabacco, alcohol, life-style, social environment). The way in which certain affilictions such as plague, cholera, tuberculosis, smallpox and so on have been, and still are more commonly suffered by the residents of one city, county or region than by others, is comprehensively studied - at various stages throughout British history.
List of Plates
List of Figures
List of Tables

1. Introduction
2. People in Britain
3. Health Hazards of the Physical Environment
4. Health Hazards of the Biological Environment
5. Health Hazards of the Human Environment
6. Pre-Norman and Norman Times
7. Medieval Times
8. Tudor Times
9. Stuart Times
10. Hanoverian Times
11. Early Victorian Times
12. Late Victorian Times
13. Modern Times—Morbidity
14. Modern Times—Mortality
15. Retrospect and Prospect

Appendix A: Administrative Districts of the United Kingdom
Appendix B: International Classification of Diseases (ICD), Ninth Revision
Glossary of Terms
Selected Bibliography
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