Public Health In The 18th Century

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Public health and disease prevention has been growing concern in this country, beginning with the influx of immigrants in the eighteenth century. Since that time, the policies and areas of concern have evolved and transitioned from quelling outbreaks to individual preventive care.

The initial disease prevention activates of the 1700s focused on preventing the spread of diseases carried by people entering our cities by ship. As such, port town populations were the areas of focus, with local government officials determining that those suspected of being carriers be quarantined until they recovered or expired as a result of the specific disease (Williams & Torrens, 2008).

It was not until the early nineteenth century that the public health focus
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