The industrial revolution was necessary to trigger investments in sanitary infrastructures, but not sufficient: better medicine and politics were essential.
Local health departments played an important role in reducing mortality during the early days of Puerto Rico’s little-known health miracle.
This post summarizes the research by Headrick (2014) on responses to sleeping sickness epidemics in colonial Africa.
This post focuses on the development of mental health care in Germany around the turn of the 19th century.
This post focuses on how British and French colonial governments reacted to sleeping sickness epidemics and what motivated their approach.
This piece shares recent research on the causes of the 1877-1879 famine in Brazil, narrowing on food prices and mortality.
This post focuses on scientific and social factors to explain the rise of public health as a state priority during the 19th century.
In historical Finland, the vaccination law succeeded in improving smallpox vaccine uptake despite high hesitancy among the public.
The persistent lower-life expectancy of Indigenous Australians reflects contemporary social failures and the impact of a violent colonial past.
This post argues that the introduction of penicillin in post-war Italy led to lower levels of regional health inequality.