Government responses in Europe varied from nation to nation. Formerly, many governments denied the existence of cholera in order to protect the economy and trade. It was until they could no longer ignore the fact that outbreaks were becoming more intrusive did they acknowledge that something needed to be done.
Until the nineteenth century, cordon sanitaire systems and quarantine were the main disease control methods used to battle epidemics, thus isolation was not contemporary. However, in further response to nineteent...
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...policies to take full effect. Sure some of the policies passed are effective in today’s society but the fact that the public questioned the motives of the government and medical physicians made the situation even worse. The public found out the truth about the dissection affair, but if the contamination theory was right, then the government and the medical professionals involved were not legitimate about the well-being of all people like they tried to appear to be.
Michael Stolberg, “Public Health and Popular Resistance: Cholera in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 68, 2 (1994): 254-277. [24 pp.]
Geoffrey Gill, Sean Burrell, and Jody Brown, “Fear and Frustration—the Liverpool Cholera Riots of 1832,” The Lancet 358 (2001): 233-237. [5 pp.]
“Central Board of Health,” The Times, 16 November 1831, p. 2. [1 p.]
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