An 1851 issue of the New York Daily Times (now The New York Times) shows much information about the health and society of the city in the 19th Century.
The cost of the influenza pandemic of 1918 to one life insurance company was over $70 million in today’s dollars. A severe influenza pandemic today would cost billions in losses to the US.
What questions will be included in the 2020 census in the United States has become a political discussion. Back in 1880, there was one particular question that we doubt would be included today.
Vaccination against smallpox made its way slowly from Europe to Bengal (India) in the early 1800s. This account explains the efforts to vaccinate in detail.
Infectious diseases have been with humans from the very beginning, and they travel with humans to this day. What’s worse, our intelligence allows us to spread these diseases farther and faster than ever before.