Punch,  17 (1849), 140.

The Old Churchwarden's Complaint against Sanitary Reform





Public Health, Sanitation, Politics, Government, Expertise, Scientific Practitioners, Medical Practitioners

    Inveighing against 'sanitary reform', complains about the cost of mending drains and attacks the 'scientific asses' for preaching about 'their poisonous gases, making havoc 'mongst the habitations of the lower classes'. Places no reliance on 'sulphuretted hydrogen' as the cause of disease or the connection ''twixt uncleanness and infection', by pointing to the example of his great-uncle who has spent his long life 'beside an open sewer'. Points out that the pig enjoys the combination of 'dirt and filth' and that the insides of pigs and humans are similar.

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