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CLIP 3314

Government and public health, 1830-1850

Government and public health, 1830-1850
Key Info
  • Government and public health, 1830-1850
  • Duration: 04:33
  • The story of the local and national acts passed following the 1832 cholera epidemic in Britain, including those banning back-to-backs in Manchester and the 1848 Public Health Act. The film goes on to consider the weaknesses of each law and why the richer classes were reluctant to enforce the legislation.
  • Credits: The Wellcome Institute
  • Subject:



    Poverty Health and Housing in the 19th Century

  • Keywords: Edwin Chadwick, death, life, expectancy, 1848, infectious diseases, housing, industrial, revolution, urbanisation, Medicine through Time
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used for teaching the OCR Medicine Through Time course, especially the section on 19th century medicine. In particular, it could be used to introduce the role of the government in public health. It could also be used as an initial stimulus material for a role play considering 'what should the government do?' or a debate between labourers and landlords to see who is to blame for public health issues, and then to see if a solution is possible.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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