Punch,  15 (1848), 207.

A Sanitary Police



Essay, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

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N, pseud.  [William Newman] *


Sanitation, Public Health, Disease

    Recommends establishing a 'Sanitary Police Force' empowered to deal with 'Filth and Malaria'. Its powers would include ordering 'the stagnant pool to move on', dispersing 'large crowds of persons in small houses or single rooms', arresting 'a pestilential vapour', and confining 'open drains'. Suggests that the officers carry 'a shovel and a box of disinfecting agents'. The illustrations depict the officers inspecting various suspected sources of disease and carrying their disinfecting tools.

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