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A Gross Realization: Historical Sanitation

The western world takes sanitation for granted, an inherent part of civilization. In truth, few places had anything even resembling sanitation until the 19th century. The Problem of Population Civilization is defined by urban living: large numbers of people living in relatively small spaces. As historical populations grew, cities grew up as much as out, as one needed to be able traverse the city on foot.  In Europe, this meant multi-story tenement buildings sitting close together on narrow streets with