Posted by Kate on August 02, 1998 at 01:37:48:
In response to True, but...., written by Earlene on August 01, 1998 at 04:47:11
] This is true, but, speaking of antibiotics, meats wouldn't be full of them. And as far as refrigeration meats were cured with salt and smoke for safety.
yes, but not always reliably. And there weren't government inspectors checking on quality!
] There also wasn't the super viruses we have today nor did they have E-Coli and the like.
I don't know... I think Plague probably counts as a super virus! (though I know there wasn't plague around in the regency!) and then there was small pox, diptheria, whooping cough, tetanus, and as for infections, how about tuberculosis? scarlet fever?
]Cancer wasn't as widespread as today due to our modern technology. T
Arguable. I agree that modern life probably does contribute to much cancer - but it may be that more of us die of cancer because we live longer, and don't die of the things that killed them (see above!). Also, it may be that many cancers were wrongly diagnosed in those days - and don't forget Jane's aunt(?) who died in agony from breast cancer.
]They didn't worry about nuclear war
oh, very true. And I agree an extremely important factor in our lives.
But they did fight a lot of wars - the civilian populace wasn't affected as badly though.
] and the ozone layer was intact. The rivers were polluted, but not the air.
True. Though it didn't take them long! I agree we manage to have screwed up the environment fairly thoroughly. In fact it may be that our generation have "the best" in terms of creature comforts - future generations may simply not be able to afford a/c and central heating, clean water from every tap and water based sewerage systems because our environment is simply unable to sustain it. And the shelf life of our precious antibiotics may be very short indeed.
] I do agree this is a wonderful time we live in. But, in my opnion it is hard to say better.
It is difficult. But when I think that I would probably have been a servant, I don't have much trouble! And I like knowing that I can make my own way in the world. These even outweigh the plumbing!
- Dream in grand! Constanza 11:25:09 8/05/98 (0)
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