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Lecture | History Brown Bag Seminar

Gateways of disease? Do port cities have different cause of death patterns compared to other cities: the case of the Netherlands 1875-1899

  • Evelien Walhout
17 April 2018
History Brown Bag Seminars 2017-2018
Lipsius Building
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

This presentation is a first exploration of the cause of death pattern of two port cities and four medium sized inland towns in the Netherlands in the late nineteenth century. By comparing the epidemiological profiles of these six cities we assume the (fatal) infectious disease load is higher in port cities than in comparable cities which do not function as ports, as diseases enter port cities at higher rates. This is particularly fatal for those age groups which participate most actively in city life and whose members have higher levels of circulation in the city’s economy and in social life (age groups 14-65). We expect these age groups will primarily succumb to airborne diseases which are easily transmitted in the interactions in which people engage. We will particularly focus on sex difference: there is a higher circulation of males in late nineteenth century city life. However, women are assumed to have higher susceptibility to TB. We use community level aggregates for our six cities for the period 1875-1899 taken from the five-yearly cause of death statistics at the municipal level for the Netherlands produced exclusively for this 25-year period.

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