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Environment and Health in Nineteenth Century America

Two Case Studies


Jacqueline Karnell Corn

Two case studies in nineteenth century environmental history focus upon health as an issue central to understanding social organization. They explore the relationship between urban, industrial expansion, deteriorating environmental conditions and health. One study deals with assumption of responsibility for public health by the municipality of Pittsburgh. It focuses upon the relationship between public health and deteriorating urban environment in a burgeoning industrial city. The other is concerned with the response of coal miners to health and safety issues related to industrial expansion and technological developments in that industry.
Contents: Social Response to disease in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Municipal organization for public health in the 19th century: Health and Environment-Coal Mining. The relationship between health and environment has only recently been focused upon by historians. This book explores that relationships in both the urban and industrial environments.