The Healthiest City: Milwaukee and the Politics of Health Reform


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Between 1850 and 1900, Milwaukeeu2019s rapid population growth also gave rise to high death rates, infectious diseases, crowded housing, filthy streets, inadequate water supplies, and incredible stench. The Healthiest City shows how a coalition of reform groups brought about community education and municipal action to achieve for Milwaukee the title of u201Cthe healthiest cityu201D by the 1930s. This highly praised book reminds us that cutting funds and regulations for preserving public health results in inconvenience, illness, and even death.
xA0xA0xA0 u201CA major work. . . . Leavitt focuses on three illustrative issuesu2014smallpox, garbage, and milk, representing the larger areas of infectious disease, sanitation, and food control.u201Du2014Norman Gevitz, Journal of the American Medical Association
xA0xA0xA0 u201CLeavittu2019s research provides additional evidence . . . that improvements in sanitation, living conditions, and diet contributed more to the overall decline in mortality rates than advances in medical practice. . . . A solid contribution to the history of urban reform politics and public health.u201Du2014Jo Ann Carrigan, Journal of American History

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