Sanitary Reform in Victorian Britain, Part II

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-01-01
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Sanitary reform was one of the great debates of the nineteenth century. As the Industrial Revolution took hold, it caused unprecedented urban growth and significantly increased the spread of disease. This presented new challenges to public health not least because the relationship between sanitary conditions and disease was not universally acknowledged. The multifaceted nature of the debate over the course of the nineteenth century is reflected in the material included in this collection. Opinions from those involved in medicine, engineering, civic development, architecture and politics are all represented. The collection accounts for provincial cities as well as London, offering a nationwide perspective on the conditions of British urban life.This reset edition, published in two parts, makes available for the first time a modern, edited collection of rare nineteenth-century documents specifically addressing sanitary reform. The documents included come from newspapers and journals, reports of Medical Health Officers and government agencies, architectural guides and promotional literature from sanitary communities. An extensive general introduction sets the material in context and extends the debate to provide a contemporary international perspective. Each volume will begin with an introduction, and the documents presented will have headnotes and endnotes provided. A full index will appear in the final volume. This unique resource is an invaluable tool for researchers of the History of Science and Medicine and Victorian Studies.

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