Punch,  54 (1868), 153.

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Utilitarianism, Class, Health, Disease, Language

    Laments the ways in which poor-law inspectors 'use fine official language to veil in some degree the horrors they discover, and which it is their duty plainly to disclose'. Presents extracts from a report describing some of the grim conditions in Bedminster Poor Law Union Workhouse and reporting that the words 'inadquate' and 'insufficient' have been used by guardians to describe conditions which, as Ernest A Hart found, were inhumane and even fatal to paupers.

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