How Nightingale’s diagram helped to save millions of lives

  • Showed that epidemics could be stopped without curing the disease

  • Convinced government to pass strict Public Health Act

  • Public Health Act increased civilian life expectancy from 40 years to 60

  • Before this, epidemics were a major cause of death:

    • 4 in 10 civilian deaths were from infectious disease

    • Half of all urban children were dying before age 5

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