How the 1918 Flu Pandemic Revolutionized Public Health

September 29, 2017

(Smithsonian) – Public health policies–like immigration policies–were colored by eugenics. It was common for privileged elites to look down on workers and the poor as inferior categories of human being, whose natural degeneracy predisposed them to disease and deformity. It didn’t occur to those elites to look for the causes of illness in the often abject living conditions of the lower classes: crowded tenements, long working hours, poor diet.

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