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Typhoid in Uppingham [electronic resource] : analysis of a Victorian town and school in crisis, 1875-1877 /
by Nigel Richardson.
imprint
London ; Brookfield, Vt. : Pickering & Chatto, 2008.
description
xix, 268 p. : ill., maps, port. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
1851969918 (alk. paper), 9781851969913 (alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
London ; Brookfield, Vt. : Pickering & Chatto, 2008.
isbn
1851969918 (alk. paper)
9781851969913 (alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
9276663
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-259) and index.
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'meticulously researched and carefully analysed ... manages to illuminate the wider picture of medicine and public health in rural England in the mid-Victorian period.'
'Not only is Nigel Richardson's book a comprehensive and detailed account of this traumatic episode in the school's history; it is also an extremely creditable contribution to the wider literature on public health in Victorian Britain.'
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Summaries
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After the Public Health Acts of 1872 and 1875, British local authorities bore statutory obligations to carry out sanitary improvements. Nigel Richardson here explores public health strategy and central-local government relations during the mid-19th century, using the experience of Uppingham, England, as a micro-historical case study.
Description for Bookstore
After the Public Heath Acts of 1872 and 1875, British localauthorities bore statutory obligations to carry out sanitaryimprovements. Richardson explores public health strategy andcentral-local government relations during the mid-nineteenth-century,using the experience of Uppingham, England, as a micro-historical casestudy. Uppingham is a small (and unusually well-documented) market townwhich contains a boarding school. Despite legal changes enforcingsanitary reform, the town was hit three times by typhoid in1875-6. Richardson examines the conduct of those involved in town andschool, the economic dependence of the former on the latter, and theopposition to higher rates to pay for sanitary improvement by a localratepayer shopocracy . He compares the sanitary state of the communitywith others nearby, and Uppingham School with comparable schools ofthat era.
Description for Reader
History of Medicine, Social History, Nineteenth-Century Studies
Main Description
After the Public Heath Acts of 1872 and 1875, British local authorities bore statutory obligations to carry out sanitary improvements. Richardson explores public health strategy and central-local government relations during the mid-nineteenth-century, using the experience of Uppingham, England, as a micro-historical case study. Uppingham is a small (and unusually well-documented) market town which contains a boarding school. Despite legal changes enforcing sanitary reform, the town was hit three times by typhoid in 1875-6.Richardson examines the conduct of those involved in town and school, the economic dependence of the former on the latter, and the opposition to higher rates to pay for sanitary improvement by a local ratepayer 'shopocracy'. He compares the sanitary state of the community with others nearby, and Uppingham School with comparable schools of that era. Improvement was often determined by business considerations rather than medical judgements, and local personalities and events frequently drove national policy in practice.This study illuminates wider themes in Victorian public medicine, including the difficulty of diagnosing typhoid before breakthroughs in bacteriological research, the problems local officialdom faced in implementing reform, and the length of time it took London ideas and practice to filter into rural areas.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Town and School, 1875
Local Society and Local Government
Local Medicine and Local Doctors
Typhoid: The First Two Outbreaks
Winter 1875-6
Spring 1876
Summer 1876
Autumn, Winter, Spring 1876
Conclusion
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