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Mode of Communication of Cholera – part 2

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This video covers:  John Snow continues with a further extract of his essay on the Mode of Communication of Cholera 1854.

In three other cases, the deceased were children who went to school near the pump in Broad Street. There is a brewery in Broad Street, near to the pump, and on perceiving that no brewer’s men were registered as having died of cholera, I called on Mr Huggins the proprietor. He informed me that there were above seventy workmen employed in the brewery and that none of them had suffered from the cholera, at least not in a severe form, only two having been indisposed and that not seriously at the time the disease prevailed. The men are allowed to drink a certain quantity of malt liquor and Mr Huggins believes they do not drink water at all; he is quite certain that the workmen never obtained water from the pump in the street. There is a deep well in the Brewery in addition to the New River Water. As there had been deaths from cholera just before the great outbreak not far from this pump-well, and in situation elevated a few feet above it, the evacuations from the patients might of course be amongst the impurities finding there way into the water.
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