1832 Cholera Morbus – First described in India in 1817, cholera arrived in the UK in 1831and East London in February 1832. Some thought a plot by Liverpudlian merchants but it wasn’t bacteria and the sewage filled water. Cholera was due to bad air and treated with purgatives and emetics, and occasionally blood-letting, all ways of hastening death. A further outbreak in Sheffield killed more than 400, the fist case in Sheffield was reported on 16 June. A cholera cemetery was later set up. Sir Robert Sheffield was an early casualty of the first European cholera pandemic, a rare example of public health ephemera or funeralia from the period.
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