Enquiries, inspections and reports

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  • Created on: 21-03-14 10:21

THE MORAL AND PHYSICAL CONDITION OF WORKING CLASS, 1832:

  • one of the first detailed reports into the condition of a specific group
  • data was collected by Dr James Kay
  • he was one of the first people to demonstrate a link between dirt and disease
  • as well as mentioning the fact dirt and diet affected the health of working people
  • he said that 'dirty' habits led to a 'dirty' lifestyle
  • this was important because it set the scene for later legislation

CONNECTION BETWEEN POOR LAW AND PUBLIC HEALTH:

  • London was hit by a typhus epidemic which increased the amount of people applying for relief
  • East London guardians spent the poor rates on removing filth from streets and prosectuing negligent landlords
  • they were clearly acting on the connection with epidemics and living conditions
  • Edwin Chadwick argued that disease caused pauperism and thought that preventing of disease would prevent pauperism
  • commissioners agreed and authorised a study on the environment and disease in the worst areas of London for a pilot study
  • there were three doctors that Chadwick chose, Southwood Smith, Neil Arnett and James Kay
  • Arnott and Kay investigated Wapping, Ratcliff and Stepney in London
  • Southward Smith brought his attention to Bethnal and Whitechapel
  • suggested how the situation could be improved in the REPORT…

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