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The Victorian City (HI371) - Term 2, Seminar 3

Seminar 3: Medicine and Health

Key Texts

E Chadwick, Report on the Sanitary Conditions of the Labouring Population of Great Britain

C Hamlin, 'Muddling in Bumbledon: on the enormity of large sanitary improvements in four British towns', Victorian Studies, 1988

D Porter (ed.), The History of Public health and the Modern State

Andrew Wohl, Endangered Lives: Public Health in Victorian Britain

· In what ways did industrialisation affect the health of city workers?

· How important was Chadwick's report and what does it reveal about Victorian attitudes?

· How effective were public health reforms in the Victorian City?

Further Reading

W F Bynum and R Porter (eds), Living and Dying in London

M Daunton (ed.) Cambridge Urban History of Britain, chapters 11 & 12

S Halliday, The Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgaette and the cleansing of the Victorian metropolis

C Hamlin, Public Health and Social Justice in the Age of Chadwick

C Hamlin, ‘Providence and putrefaction: Victorian sanitarians and the natural theology of health and disease’, Victorian Studies, 1984-5

Anne Hardy, Health and Medicine in Britain since 1860

Anne Hardy, The Epidemic Streets: Infectious Disease and the Rise of Preventive Medicine 1856-1900

G Kearns. 'Cholera, nuisance and environmental management in Islington, 1830-55' in

C Lawrence, Medicine in the making of modern Britain

R.J. Morris, Cholera 1832: The Social Response to an Epidemic

Roy Porter, Disease, Medicine and Society in England, 1550-1860

G Rosen, A History of Public Health

F.B. Smith, The People’s Health 1830-1910

Andrew Wohl, Endangered Lives: Public Health in Victorian Britain

R. Woods and J. Woodward (eds), Urban Disease and Mortality

Robert Woods and Nicola Shelton, An Atlas of Victorian Mortality

TLTP Package: Major Themes in Women’s History: Medicine, Biology and Women’s Bodies