According to my mum, I had a really bad bout of scarlet fever when I was around four years old. From what I am told, I developed strep throat, which led to a rash, which led to a four-year-old kid who was too sick walk into the doctor’s office. After that dramatic visit to the family … More Would I Have Died? Scarlet Fever
Vaccination as a deliberate attempt to protect humans against disease has a short history. In spite of this, vaccination has had a major effect on the reduction of mortality and length of life. … More History of Health Care: Vaccination
Jane and John Smith born in Kingston in 1810 and 1812, respectively, had a life expectancy of forty years. Jane and John Jones born in Kingston in 2009 and 2011, respectively, look forward to a life expectancy of eighty years. What accounts for this striking difference? … More History of Health: Why is it important?
While doing a long overdue sorting and clean-up of the Museum’s small research library recently, I came across a fascinating little book.This slim volume is a form of medical diary, where an individual writes down his or her health history from birth until old age. … More The Book of a Life