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By David S. Barnes

This e-book will be an engaging learn by way of somebody attracted to background, Paris, public health and wellbeing, sickness, drugs, waste disposal, hygiene, sanitation, and so on. It tells how issues went from undesirable to worse, in 1880 whilst there has been a rubbish and sewage difficulty in Paris.

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Deaths from typhoid fever and infantile diarrhea in these two districts likewise showed no disproportion in the year of the Great Stink; for the most part, in fact, these figures were markedly lower in 1880 than in the following two years. Obviously, commentators in the midst of the odors of 1880 could have had no inkling of what would happen to death rates from particular diseases in the future. Nevertheless, it is di;cult to see any substantial quantitative corroboration—even based on what was apparent at the time—for the belief that deadly diseases were on the rise during the Great Stink of 1880.

Are turning Paris into a locus of infection” and that “the foul stench sweeping down on Paris has provoked a general outcry . . ”17 By the end of the month, with the arrival of cooler weather, the odors had by all accounts lost none of their intensity, and some Parisians wondered if they would ever end: “All [last] night we fell prey to these fetid exhalations. In vain we hermetically sealed our windows; we couldn’t sleep a wink all night. This morning, at seven o’clock, the remains of a pestilential mist still hung in the air.

25 The multiplicity of e=ects—soured milk, green flies, mouth sores, colored metal—was proportional to the strength of the poison. One can sense in the complaints a feeling of helplessness and di=use dread, as if the very ground was collapsing underneath the residents’ feet; but instead of moments, this earthquake lasted for weeks on end. The possibility that the air itself—the most vital medium of life—was contaminated through and through undercut the prevailing nineteenth-century understanding of health as a delicate balance among elements in the body and in the surrounding environment.

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