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  • John Snow's Investigation into Cholera
    • Did not accept that Cholera was airborne (Miasma).
    • 1854 Cholera outbreak in Soho.
    • Identified water pump as source of disease.
    • This was dug three feet from a public cesspit.
    • His theory was not widely accepted until after Pasteur.
  • Government since 1948 have tried to prevent illness
    • End of laissez faire.
    • 1948 NHS
    • 1956 Clean Air Act
    • 1970s Single Issue Health Campaign.
    • 2008 HPV Vaccine
    • Healthy living.
  • Diseases spreading rapidly in industrial towns during the 19th century.
    • Crowded back to back housing.
    • Did not understand Germ Theory
    • No sanitation.
    • Animals.
    • Laissez-faire attitude.
    • Poor
    • Factories.
    • No real treatment.
  • Why people in towns had problems getting fresh water between 1350- 1750.
    • Towns were growing
    • Factory pollution
    • Had to bring water in from outside - water carriers.
    • Contamination from cess-pits.
  • How Government have improved public health in period between 1900-45
    • Midwives Act 1902
    • Free Schoool meals 1906
    • National

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