The Epidemic Of John Snow And Henry Whitehead

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Living in London in 1854 was quite possibly terribly horrific. There had been a massive increase in the population in recent years and as a result there was an increase in the amount of waste produced. This waste was, for a while, managed properly, but in the middle of the 19th century the Soho neighborhood became quarters for the cholera bacterium. The disease puzzled many but it was through the workings of John Snow and Henry Whitehead that resulted in a realization of the causes of the outbreak. Their methods of research were the start of greater concern over public health. Living in London in the 1800s was living in one of the most populous cities in the world. There was a massive growth of population during this time and this resulted in a sequential increase in waste produced. This was a problem. Unlike the Romans who had very efficient systems for the removal of waste , the people of London had improper ways of emptying the waste, merely discarding it into gutters in the streets. These gutters were typically emptied at night, however the task became especially difficult as the population grew, and keeping up with the amount of waste became similarly problematic. Often these drains would overflow and eventually the decision was made to dump the excess waste into the nearby river, the Thames . Combined, these factors led up to the Broad Street outbreak of cholera in 1854 London. This epidemic was massive, ending in over 500 people dead and few houses on that street
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