Apr 302018

It’s often difficult for students to understand the individual human impact of problems such as infant mortality or epidemic diseases, topics studied as part of the history of medicine and of public health. One way of revealing the people behind the bigger picture is to use examples from your own family history as what Rob Phillips called Initial Stimulus Material (ISM).

Here I’ve described two examples – how my grandparents’ entry on the 1911 census can reveal the impact of high infant mortality and, going further back, how my great, great grandmother’s death certificate reveals the impact of epidemic disease.

You can read their stories here …


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