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Samuel Johnson wrote that the life of the common man living in Europe during the 18th century was little to be enjoyed and much to be endured 1 The masses of the 18th century lived short demanding lives The life expectancy of the average person living in Europe during the 18th century was roughly 30 years A combination of disease scientific ignorance and malnutrition was responsible for the surpisengly short lives of 18th century Europeans 2 During the Old Regime Europeans were almost constantly bombarded with disease Diseases like tuberculosis typhoid fever and Smallpox were the great killers of the 18th century 3 A study of the city of Edinburghs death records for 1740 revealed that tuberculosis or smallpox that year caused almost half of the recorded deaths 4 This study illustrates that disease was the most common killer of 18th century Europeans Roughly 30 percent of infants died from disease before their first birthday Mothers also ran a high chance of contracting disease during childbirth thus many mothers died giving birth Childbirth was such a risk to the women during of the 18th century that Madame de Sevigne told her daughter that if she wants to survive Dont get pregnant and dont catch smallpox 5 Disease was so rampant during the 18th century that even the rich and powerful could not avoid infection One might think that the royalty of the 18th century would rarely catch such deadly diseases but they did Disease was a major influence on the aristocracy During the eighty years between 1695 and 1775 disease killed a tsar of Russia a king of France a king of Austria a queen of England and a queen of Sweden Disease many times ended dynasties by killing heirs In 1700 the Duke of Gloucester died of disease and thus ended Englands Stuart dynasty 6 One reason that disease was rampant among all classes was the lack of sanitary housing
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