The Victorian Age in Europe began when Queen Victoria came to reign in 1837, and when she died in 1901. For the span of 64 years, Britain was highly successful in many aspects. The population skyrocketed from 13.8 million to 32.5 million. Medical advances, new reforms and rights, and growing education, all contributed to the time some call “Britain’s Golden Age”. Overall, the Victorian Era had a positive effect on British citizens.
From the early 1840’s to late 1800’s many advances were made in the health and medical field. From 1840 to 1860, over 70 new hospitals were opened in Britain. Some of them include London Fever Hospital, the Kensington Children's Hospital, and Free Cancer Hospital (“Medical Developments in Britain”). Before new breakthroughs many patients may have been told to go get some fresh air, use some leeches, or laxatives to hopefully flush something out. Many also used the power of prayer, but in the end, it was not very effective (“Victorian Medicine - From Fluke to Theory”).
One of many breakthroughs came by learning to sterilize medical tools. Before this, doctors or nurses would constantly reuse the instruments; spreading even more disease and bacteria. Learning to clean tools by boiling and scrubbing them changed the game for sick or hurt people …show more content…
Schools were not all that they are today back before the 1850's. The school windows were built high up, so the students could not look out; a negative effect being very poor air quality ("The Victorian Era : 1837 – 1901." ). As you can imagine, these two conditions alone would make a child not want to go to school. However, they did learn important skills, and for some it was a big upgrade from working in terrible work conditions. By the middle of Victoria's reign, over 40,000 children were going to school regularly and by 1870 there were more than 250 schools all around England (“Education in Victorian