18th Century public health

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  • 18th Century Public Health
    • Houses were built near to factories. Drains and sewage were full. Diseases like tuberculosis, measles, cholera, diptheria and typhoid.
    • Government had a laissez-faire attitude and they believed it was local government's problem
    • Government believed they shouldn't interfere
    • Edwin Chadwick. 1842 asked by gov to do a report on living conditions and health of poor.
      • Concluded that poverty was caused by ill health. Said the government should organise drainage, rubbish collection and appointed a medical office of health.
    • 1858 Great Stink. Human waste dumped in the river. Hot summer and animal waste in the river.
    • Government realised it could effect them. Gov got Joseph Bazalgette to build new sewers out of brick.

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