Medicine chest for cholera, English, 1849-1900.

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Medicine chest for cholera, English, 1849-1900.

This chest contains medicines for the treatment of cholera, an infectious gastrointestinal disease. Cholera epidemics swept across Europe and America from the 1830s onwards. In Britain, Dr John Snow (1813-1858) famously traced the source of a cholera outbreak to a particular water pump, thus proving that it was a water-borne disease that could be prevented by improved sanitation. Made by Godfrey & Cooke.

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Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
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12 January 2004 16:02
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