Under the Weather: Climate and Disease, 1700-1900

Climate, disease and the relationship between them fascinated 18th-century observers on both sides of the Atlantic. Ronald Rees explores the debate and its significance.

1858 Punch cartoon 'Father Thames introducing his offspring to the Fair City of London' - an acid comment on contemporary views that foul surroundings breed foul diseases.Today medicine is such a solid, scientifically-based structure that it takes a disarming colloquialism to remind us that only within the past century or so have its underpinnings been made secure.

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