Sketch of the Rise and Progress of the Asiatic Cholera [2/2]
R C, Wakefield, pseud. [Richard Cope]
Epidemiology, Public Health, Class, Temperance, Piety, Providence, Sanitation
Edward D Clarke
Describes the establishment of a 'sanitary cordon' to prevent the entrance of the disease into Prussia (81). Relates the advantageous condition of the streets and housing in Berlin, and the precautions taken against the disease, which reduced the extent of the infection. Describes the spread of the disease in the north-east of England and in Scotland, where its victims are reported to be 'the poor and destitute, the intemperate, and especially those who resided in places or dwellings characterised by filthiness and impure air' (82). Details the measures taken to meet the epidemic in Britain, particularly the formation of boards of health in most towns. Notes that the 'British and Foreign Bible Society have voted a number of loan Testaments, accompanied by the book of Psalms, to supply the want of those who are destitute of the word of the Lord' (83). Concludes that the most important remedy is the forsaking of sin and the practise of prayer, and recommends the government-appointed fast day.
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