PSYC 3P51 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Social Change, Self-Care, Safe Sex
All tend to focus on the health of populations rather than individuals, but each is different. Transmitted by water & food contaminated with fecal matter; death from dehydration & electrolyte loss. Massive diarrhea kills 50%-60% within 2 hrs several days (many litres of fluid lost) Cholera tx now: death is usually prevented by re-hydration. Then, drs. dehydrated pts. with purgatives, bleeding; made pts. worse. 1854 epidemic was in the soho area. Public water was taken from the thames below a sewage outlet, wells seeped ground water. Deaths happened in a small area around broad, lexington, & poland streets. Almost all who died drank from the pump. Snow did not know what caused cholera. The quantity of morbid matter which is sufficient to produce cholera is inconceivably. Low death rates from businesses nearby which used their own wells. He concluded it was the pump water. Asked local authorities to remove the handle.