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Surviving Poverty

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(2) Surviving Poverty: Studies reveal a child’s social class to be three times more important than vaccination in influencing whooping cough outbreaks.

The evidence shows that society’s control of the infectious epidemics rests primarily on efficient public health services and a good standard of living, and the increase in life expectancy can be directly traced to these sources. As medical historian Brian Inglis concludes:

“The chief credit for the conquest of the destructive epidemics ... ought to have been given to the social reformers who had campaigned for purer water, better sewage disposal and improved living standards. It had been their efforts, rather than the achievement of the medical scientists, which had been chiefly responsible for the reduction in mortality from infectious diseases.”14


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