Over the Christmas period I watched 'THE DEAD'John Houston last film.Based on the James Joyce short story.It starred Anjelica Houston,Donal McCann ,Dan O'Herlihy among others.Just before the closing credits there are shots of a snow covered Military Cemetery on the Curragh.
Pre 1900 the age of deaths are in keeping with most of the developing countries. The primary causes were due to Sanitary conditions and poverty with the primary communicable disease of the time being TB (Tuberculosis) including others and (sexually transmitted diseases). There was no Anti or Pre-natal care and mal-nourished women who were pregnant year on year (no contraception) died in childbirth with as many of the new babies dying through lack of paediatrics care like we have today. Childhood illnesses, infections and fevers had no antibiotics to prevent high tempratures causing damage and death. Most babies were fed with cows milk and therefore failed to thrive through mal-nourishment. Many who were fed weaning foods (usually bread & milk) early (before 6/months) were left with numerous conditions including Coeliac disease. Deaths from Childhood diseases including Rheumatic Fever, Whooping Cough, Measles, Polio and Meningitis were rampant when Vaccination wasn't available. The epidemiology of diseases and Death rate at the Curragh was noted in keeping with what was happening in UK cities, EG Manchester/Salford: Birmingham and London, particularly because being an Army Camp with the men away fighting wars and the families were left destitute with no money. Therefore Community Nursing History began at the Curragh when in 1892 the very first Community Health Nurse in Ireland (Nora Diamond) was stationed at the Curragh in Alexandra House. She saved the lives of many families supporting and administering health care to 300 families in her first year. Medical history is also at the forefront of the Curragh also. The Very 1st child in the World to be given the antibiotic (Streptomycin) while it was still in its research stages in a USA lab was from the Curragh (in the Curragh Families Hospital) and successfully cured of Meningitis. PS Guess what word I typed which was changed to the NOOKY disease!!! ;D