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How the role played by the Government influenced Public Health in the 19th Century.

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How the role played by the Government influenced Public Health in the 19th Century- I think it's clear that the Government did play a significant part in bringing up public health standards to what they really should have been. The main way in which they managed to sort out the public Health was by making certain factors that bought about improvements compulsory. For instance they made it obligatory to register all births and deaths so that statistics were available to the Government to see how the death rate was and whether it was a real problem. They also changed the vote so that the average working class man could vote so local MP's had to start realizing their needs which meant they needed to realize public health was a problem for the poor. ...read more.

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They also set up other laws which weren't necessarily aiming to sort out public health, but did have a big effect on it. For instance they made Health education in schools which would be taught to 5 to 11 year olds who now had to go to school because the government had made a law forcing them to do so. They also made clear guidelines on food regulations so that food in shops was of some sort of quality, Building regulations to help with spacing out houses and making them of a secure and well built nature, and more importantly laws against pollution which stated how water and sewage should be sorted. But the key in sorting out disease was mainly down to making vaccination for small pox compulsory which led to more vaccinations being made available and trust in the vaccines from the public. ...read more.

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Because other rival cities such as Bradford did not want to be left behind they decided they needed to keep up with Leeds and so a domino effect incurred and cites around the country began to sort themselves out. Another factor that influenced the changes were the individual geniuses such as Pasteur who were proving the causes behind disease, hence Pasteur's germ theory. As a result of these findings the causes of disease were identified and eradicated as soon as possible, and it was just chance really that these discoveries from individual geniuses came at the same time the Government were giving up their "laissez faire" attitude. So although their were other factors influencing the countries efforts to improve public Health, the key role was definitely played by the Government because all the different regulations they were embarking on the country. ...read more.

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