For many people today, the Georgian Era was a time when everyone drank alcoholic drinks and “knew” not to drink the water because of the pollution and bacteria. While the people of the English-speaking world certainly did consume what, to most of us today, would seem to be prodigious amounts of alcohol, the fact is, bacteria were almost unknown to the Georgians, and they certainly did not associate them with disease. In reality, the prevailing theory on the cause of disease, throughout the Georgian era was the Miasma Theory, that held that diseases such as cholera, chlamydia or the Black Death were caused by a miasma, a noxious form of “bad air”. Continue reading →
Although not specifically about the Georgian Era, I would like to recommend an article posted on the “History Doctor” blog this week by Dr. Taylor Stoermer, a historian at Harvard University who used to be associated with William & Mary and Colonial Williamsburg.
1st person interpretation can often be horrid, particularly when performed by those who don’t understand the huge investment in scholarship, training and practice required to do it well. But, when done properly, it can be transforming, as Dr. Stoermer points out in his article.