Mort dangerous sexualities

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/ Moral environmentalism 1830-60 1 CHOLERA Asiatic cholera, or cholera morbus, spread to Britain from India in a series of epidemics which engulfed much of Europe in the 1820s. The symptoms and the rapacity with which the disease struck must have been alarming even to a population used to the sight of typhus, scarlet fever and smallpox. The Central Board of Health issued a vivid description of the symptomatology: The attack of the disease in extreme cases is so sudden, that, from a state of apparent good health .. . an individual sustains as rapid a loss of bodily power as if he were suddenly struck down or poisoned; the countenance assuming a death-like appearance, the skin becoming cold. . . . The pulse is either feeble, intermitting, fluttering or lost; a livid circle is observed round the eyelids. . . . Vomiting soon succeeds; first some of the usual contents of the stomach, next a turbid fluid like whey .. . or water gruel. . . . Spasms, beginning at the toes and fingers soon follow. . . . The next severe symptoms are, an intolerable sense of weight, and constriction felt upon the chest .. . a leaden or bluish appearance of the countenance . . . the palms of the hands and soles becoming shrivelled. . . . At length a calm succeeds and death. . . . The powers of the constitution often yield to such an attack at the end of four hours, and seldom sustain longer than eight. 1 The epidemic broke out in northern England in the autumn of 1831. In Sunderland, where the approaching threat had become serious as early as April, a local board of health had been meeting to discuss preventive measures. 2 It was chaired by Dr Reid Clancy who, as senior physician to the Sunderland Infirmary, was the closest to an official medical officer of health that the town possessed. On the night of Sunday 16 October twelve-year-old Isabella Hazard was taken violently ill with 13
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/ Moral environmentalism 1830-60 vomiting, cramps and general fever. At four in the morning the local doctor, Mr Cook, was called. He returned later to find the child weakening. By the following afternoon Isabella was dead. The symptoms seemed unmistakable - Isabella's mother asked the doctor, 'What makes the child so black?' But Cook either missed the diagnosis or tried to ignore it. When William Sport died of similar symptoms on the nineteenth it was clear that cholera had arrived. On 1 November official notification of the presence of the disease in England was sent by Dr Clancy in a special report to the newly established Board of Health at Whitehall. Thereafter the disease spread to Scotland, the North and Manchester and later to the Midlands and London. Mortality for the first outbreak was estimated at 23,000. There was of course no question of cure; the cholera bacillus
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