How Important a part did Chadwick really play in public health reform?


How Important a part did Chadwick really play in public health reform?


  • Hard-work produced a mass of evidence supporting public health reform.
  • 1842 report influenced the government and persuaded people that reform was needed.
  • Is report's recommendations were the basis for the 1848 Public Health Act.


  • 1842 Report dud not lead to immediate reform. The Public Health Act cam in 1848, six years later.
  • The 1848 Act did not force councils to reform public health.
  • His personality antagonised people and did not win support for his cause.
  • His influence faded in the 1850's.


Although his was the main mad behind the Public Health Act 1848 it was not compulsory so many towns and cities refused. HIs ideas and recommendations did however persuade some people to do something about public health. However it is impossible to say that because the 1848 Act did not work because of Chadwick, I believe that it did not work in the way in which the government wanted it to because it was not compulsory. If it had been mandatory it would of more than likely have worked. Even if it was made compulsory and did work, it would not be Chadwick that played the most important role in the reform of public health, it would be the government for passing the Act. Chadwick was the spark but government let it blaze.


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