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How has public health regressed/progressed over time?

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´╗┐How has public health regressed/progressed over time? There are many factors that have helped or hindered public health from the Romans to the 1900s, such as war, government, key individuals and such. The primary factor which has improved public health is the government, as they are in charge for their country or empire, and they can pass laws which would make locations cleaner and healthier. One example of this is the Roman Empire, which believed prevention was better than curing, so they built various baths and aqueducts for the public to freely bath in and have fresh water, so they would not catch or spread diseases and cures would not be needed, as they did not have them anyway. ...read more.

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This improved public health as every town or city was to be cleaner and disease was less likely to be spread, so cures and such were not needed, costing more expenditure. Another factor which improved and however, regressed public health is war. The main reason that the Romans provided such substantial public health measures is because they believed prevention was better than disease. They achieved this idea through their army, as they realised that if their empire was under attack, the army would have to fend it off and if they were all ill, it would be a disaster, therefore, war had improved their idea of public health and how important it is. Although, due to the Mongolian destruction of the Empire, all public health measures and systems that the Romans had were destroyed due to war, which is why public health has regressed due to it, as it destroys various infrastructures and such. ...read more.

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The eventuality and outcome was the National Health Service (NHS), which was a scheme that would provide the British public with free hospitals, surgery and care ? this was an impressive improvement on public health as anyone could be treated and kept free of disease, with methods such as vaccination and such, meaning public health was a lot stronger. Such reforms as these came around with the work of brilliant-minded individuals such as John Snow and Edwin Chadwick, who did thorough research of conditions of many classes of society, which enabled them to persuade the government to enforce various laws and acts. Without these key individuals, public health may not be as strong as they are today. Overall, public health has mainly progressed; however, there have been various periods of regression due to many factors which affect the situation. ...read more.

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