Primary and Secondary Sources Database

Welcome to the Diseases of Modern Life database for researchers!



This database has been created using primary and secondary resources collected by the Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth Century Perspectives project based at the University of Oxford. This project is supported by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement Number 340121.


The database contains a list of over 3000 references, the majority of them primary sources, with a small selection of secondary sources which provide historical context, from seven of the thematic strands explored by the project. Primary sources range from newspaper and journal articles to printed books, from across the nineteenth century. Select primary sources from the eighteenth and early twentieth centuries are also included, where they provide interesting comparisons across the project’s themes: Finance and Speculation, Diseases of Professions and Occupations, Addiction, Climate and Health, Education and Overpressure, Nervous Diseases, Technology and New Inventions


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