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Thomas Fisher

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816698875

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816698875.001.0001

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The Infrastructure of Health

The Infrastructure of Health

(p.98) 10 The Infrastructure of Health
Designing Our Way to a Better World

Thomas Fisher

University of Minnesota Press

The chapter recounts the early history of the American public health movement, which arose in the wake of urban infrastructure design failures. Noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted led the Sanitary Commission during the Civil War and drew attention to the link between good planning and good health. Since then, numerous Americans have forgotten the country’s more polluted past, and politicians feel free to demean the value of planning and parks.

Keywords:   Frederick Law Olmsted, Santiary Commission, urban planning, public health, infrastructural failure, pollution

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