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Plague of Icy Breath: Cholera and the Gateshead Community 1831-1832

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ellen Tullo



This is the final published version of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Schwabe und Co. AG, 2010.

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The impact of cholera epidemics on communities around the world duringthe 19th century has generated a vast array of resources for the medical historian.However, the more readily available testimonies of doctors and localboards of health dominate the literature, whilst our understanding of the experienceof individuals, particularly the destitute victims of cholera and theirfamilies, is sparse.This article analyses a collection of unpublished documentsassembled by an antiquary, John Bell, from Gateshead, North-East England,in 1831–1832, in order to reconstruct the experience of the local communityas they prepared themselves for the arrival of cholera and how they respondedto its devastating effects. The paper concludes by examining the enduringchanges prompted by the community reaction to the cholera outbreakof 1831–1832, including the establishment of the Gateshead Dispensary

Publication metadata

Author(s): Tullo E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Gesnerus

Year: 2010

Volume: 67

Issue: 1

Pages: 6-29

Print publication date: 01/06/2010

Date deposited: 12/07/2017

ISSN (print): 0016-9161

Publisher: Schwabe und Co. AG