Hospitals in the Victorian era

Overview

In the early period hospitals were seen as a "place of death" more then a place of healing. This being due to the open contact of contagious patients. Many disliked hospitals and stayed away from them unless they had to go. For various reasons there were different types of hospitals. Some treated only the poor others treated only for a certain disease. Cottage hospitals were made for staying for long periods of time. Many hospitals denied the care of mentally ill patients. Later they made asylums to treat these types of patients.


The doctors of this era were poorly educated. Then hospitals made adjustments to train doctors and also make more room for clients. A medical boom struck Great Britain and over 8,000 people choose a doctor as their profession. This lead to more money and devotion put into hospitals. That leading to many major medical breakthroughs suck as drugs like morphine,astropine,codeine,and ioden.

Present day connection

Now a days hospitals have advanced so greatly from older days. We have had so many major breakthroughs. Many medicines were found in this era that still help us now. But there are many more now we practically have a medicine for ever sickness. Back then you could get the flu and you were as good as dead now you get the flu for at most a few days and then it goes away. Also advances like life support are available but in that era if you were close to dead you might as well have been dead. Plus, hospitals now are so much more sanitary compared to then.

Impact on today

The major impact of hospitals still affects us today. Without hospitals if we get sick we could die. If there were no hospitals we would never heal properly from a fracture or breaking a bone. Hospitals have affected out society so greatly by opening jobs and keeping people alive.

Bibliography

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Fun facts

Hospitals were very unsanitary .

Painkillers used in that era are very harmful to your body.

Some doctors used their religious beliefs to treat patients .

Many medical advancements were made in this era.

Major breakthroughs were made in this era.

Event

Before this era alcohol was used to numb patients before surgery ,but it didn't work well. During this era "nitrous oxide" know as "laughing gas" was found. Another major help with surgeries was how to kill bacteria. Joseph lister found out that heat and antiseptics kill bacteria for a "germ-free" operating room.