Disease, Public Health, Class
Discusses the advice given by the Royal College of Physicians on dealing with cholera. The advice is evidently meant to show the college's complete ignorance of the social and economic difficulties experienced by those most susceptible to cholera—the 'labouring classes of the community'. Thus, for example, the college allegedly advises that 'All persons crowded together in small ill-ventilated houses are recommended to take at once more commodious apartments, and those individuals who are insufficiently clothed must give orders forthwith to their tailors for making necessary measures'. Argues that those among the labouring classes experiencing 'difficulty in acting on this advice' should apply anywhere but the college.
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