UK-Deaths-1838-1978-CopyEngland/Wales: Combined infectious disease mortality rates 1838 – 1980

“The combined death rate from scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping cough and measles among children up to fifteen shows that nearly 90 percent of the total decline in mortality between 1860 and 1965 had occurred before the introduction of antibiotics and widespread immunization. In part, this recession may be attributed to improved housing and to a decrease in the virulence of micro-organisms, but by far the most important factor was a higher host-resistance due to better nutrition.”-Medical Nemesis, Bantam Books, 1977

So, who is right? Here is what official government statistics of infectious disease mortality (number of deaths) show:  Read more and see graphs:


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