What ideas did people have about the treatment and causes of the disease?
• What were the symptoms of cholera and how was it treated?
Click on the thumbnail below to view a poster giving government advice about what to do during the epidemic. Use this to answer the questions below. The glossary will help you understand the language used.
Extract From the Regulations of the Board of Health, Containing an Account of the Symptoms and Treatment of the Cholera Morbus. [nd]
a. Make a list, in your own words, of what happened to a victim of the disease.
b. What should people do if someone in their family develops these symptoms? Divide the recommendations into: treating the illness and preventing the disease from spreading.
c. Would the public have been alarmed or reassured by this poster? Explain your answer.
• What do the sources below tell you about what people believed caused the disease to spread in 1831? Refer to all the sources in your answer.
An account of the Disease Termed Cholera Morbus, From Its First Appearance at Sunderland, To Its Final Departure From Northumberland and Durham.(1832)
A Form of Prayer to be Used In all Churches and Chapels throughout those Parts of the United Kingdom….. (1832)
Petition from the village of Horncliffe to Norham Board of Health, November 29th 1831.
Notice concerning burial of cholera victims, Dec. 8th 1831.