Nat Geo Explores: When Cities Were Cesspools of Disease

Nat Geo Explores: When Cities Were Cesspools of Disease

Cities have historically been centers of commerce, industry, and...disease. In the early 1800s, cities became so populated and densely packed that diseases began to spread at an unprecedented rate. All hope seemed lost until a series of critical scientific discoveries, which triggered a revolution in urban sanitation and health.


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Biology, Health, Social Studies, World History

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October 19, 2023

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