‘Bring out the Burkers!’

Cramped and Squalid Housing Conditions, 1849, illustration, National Philanthropic Association, London, England. https://artsci.case.edu/dittrick/2014/08/05/outbreak-rising-above-in-the-time-of-cholera/l0073461-illustration-depicting-cramped-and-squalid-housing-conditions/

By Ruby Appelhans

Cholera is a frightening bacterial disease that could become fatal in as little as twelve hours. Today, we have a better understanding of this infection due to modern medicine and technology,

Does Cholera Now Prevail?

Cham. Illustration Representing Cholera. Digital Images, n.d. Open Wellcome Collection https://jstor.org/stable/community.24795874

By Catherine St. John
After 1849 I had hoped to never see Asiatic Cholera in London again. The hospitals have been filling up with cases since last year. There’s been a substantial outbreak that began in Saint James’s parish roughly five days ago, and many are already dead.