Local health departments played an important role in reducing mortality during the early days of Puerto Rico’s little-known health miracle.
This piece shares recent research on the causes of the 1877-1879 famine in Brazil, narrowing on food prices and mortality.
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.
The introduction of tea in 18th century England resulted in an increase in consumption of boiled water, thereby reducing mortality rates.
Human rights are an authoritative moral and legal framework that can be used by governments to reduce socioeconomic health inequalities
Post-contact depopulation in the New World resulted from the introduction of epidemic diseases to which Indigenous peoples were defenceless.
I analyze the health impact of the 1918 “Spanish Flu” in South-West Germany and the harmful effects of poverty and air pollution on mortality.
Asia particularly suffered from the cholera, plague and influenza pandemics between 1817 and 1920. This piece highlights the various ways in which ‘seasonality’ mattered in those three pandemics.