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Cholera Patient from 1854

The Cholera Epidemic

An illustration of a patent suffering from Cholera in 1854

Through the exploration of this digital gallery and the combined primary and secondary reports of Cholera from 19th century London, we’ve offered great insight into its impact on public health, sanitization, and societal changes that overall lead to great medical improvements. Repeated outbreaks and high death tolls, as reported throughout these sources, served as a stark indicator of inadequate sanitation and unsafe water supplies throughout London that contributed to this public health crisis; resulting reports throughout The Lancet and alternative records also expand on the idea that the disease initially affected all levels of society, but over time, as understanding increased and sanitation improved, it became more confined to poorer areas, highlighting the stark inequalities in living conditions. Moreso, changing attitudes about social reforms, poverty, health equity, and masculinity were all pressured throughout sources in this gallery as disease affected communities far beyond sectors such as housing, labour, and class. Thus, no one was safe from Vibrio Cholerae and for this reason, studying primary sources and accounts on its treatments are important in recognizing catalysts in the evolution of modern living, health, religion, and gender. We hope you enjoyed your digital visit!

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