UK 1848 Public Health Act

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Dr Tom Crook is Lecturer in Modern British History at Oxford Brookes University, and has published a number of articles on modern British governance in journals such as Social History, Urban History and Past & Present, as well as a number of edited collections, including (with Glen O’Hara) Statistics and the Public Sphere: Numbers and the People in Modern Britain, c. 1800–2000 (2011) and Sanitary Reform, Class and the Victorian City (Volume 5: Sanitary Reform in Victorian Britain, ed. Michelle Allen-Emerson) (2013). He is currently completing a study of Victorian public health entitled Space, Time and Systems: Modern Governance and the Making of Public Health in England, c. 1830-1910.


Image: Poster displayed in Ormskirk/ Lancashire, October 1848 (Source: National Archives)


Further Reading:

W. C. Lubenow, The Politics of Government Growth: Early Victorian Attitudes toward State Intervention (1971).

M. Pelling, Cholera, Fever and English Medicine, 1825-1865 (1978).

A.L. Brundage, England's "Prussian Minister": Edwin Chadwick and the politics of government growth, 1832-1854 (1988).

J.V. Pickstone, ‘Dearth, Dirt and Fever Epidemics: Rewriting the History of British “Public Health”, 1780-1850’, in T. Ranger & P. Slack (eds), Epidemics and Ideas (1992), pp. 125-48.

C. Hamlin, Public Health and Social Justice in the Age of Chadwick (1998).

A.F. La Berge, ‘Edwin Chadwick and the French Connection’, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 62 (1988): 23-41.

C. Hamlin and S. Sheard, ‘Revolutions in public health: 1848, and 1998?’, BMJ, 317 (1998): 587-91.


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