This blog is still alive, just in semi-hibernation. When I want to write something longer than a tweet about something other than math or sci-fi, here is where I'll write it.
Whoa, the differences are startling, both in terms of what are now seen as preventable diseases, and in terms of the signs of better overall hygiene.
In 1811, there was quinsy, intemperance, and biliousness afoot. I got the chilblains just reading it! And the interactive graph in the NEJM piece is awesome!
And in the early 1800s, there were serious if skeptical discussions of spontaneous combustion as a cause of death, usually seen in brandy drinkers. I'll stick to wine and ale, thank you very much.
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