Public Health

COMPARING The Middle Ages and early 20th century of Hong Kong

Concepts of Health

Middle Ages

People thought that God sent diseases to punish their sins.

Concepts of Health

Early 20th century of Hong Kong

People believed that people got sick when they had bacteria or virus in their body. Chinese people didn’t believe western medicine

Introduction of Disease

Middle Ages

Black Death

Early 20th century of Hong Kong

Bubonic Plague

Introduction of Diseases
The Middle Ages…  Black Death (Bubonic Plague)
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Time period: 1347-1351 Caused by Yersinia pestis Carried and spread by rats and fleas 30-60% of European were killed

Introduction of Diseases
Early 20th century of Hong Kong  Bubonic Plague (The third Pandemic)
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Time Period: 1894 Caused by Yersinia pestis Carried and spread by rats and fleas 2552 people were killed

Action from the Government
The Middle Ages
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There was no government at that time. The church controlled the whole society. The church thought it was a punishment from God. Announced Hong Kong as epidemic zone All corpses which were dead by Bubonic Plague must be cope by the government All infected people must be isolate

Early 20th century of Hong Kong
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Action from Charity
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No Charity in Middle Ages For Hong Kong, there is Tung Wah Hosipital

Introdution Tung Wah Hosipital
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Established in the 1870s The first charity in Hong Kong which was established by Chinese Provide Chinese style medical treatment After the Bubonic Plague which happened in 1894, western medical treatment was started in the hospital.

Conclusion

There was a big change of
medical development in between the Middle Age and the early 20th century of Hong Kong. People built up their knowledge of medicine in those five hundred years. Their concept had been change while they knew more about medicine.

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