Medicine - Government action

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Public Health Act, 1948

  • Set up a General Board of Health with Chadwick as 1 of 3 commisioners. 
  • The Act allowed, but did not force, town councils to
  •  - set up their own local Board of Health
  •  - appoint a local medical officer
  •  - organise the removal of rubbish
  •  - build a sewer system
  • Only 1/3 of towns set up a Board of Health - fewer appointed a medical officer
  • The Act was only temporary - the General Board of Health was abolished in 1858

John Snow

  • Had a theory that cholera was spread through water, not "bad air"
  • When cholera broke out again in 1854 he


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