Cholera news in 'The visitor', 1832.
Journal articles from the past show the public's growing awareness that lack of hygiene and poor living conditions contribute to the spread of disease:
'To feed and clothe the poor is the best defence against Cholera which our Medical advisers have yet discovered.'
'The visitor' was a short-lived journal giving details of cholera lists, accidents and occurrences from 4 February until 25 April 1832. This issue has news snippets from Glasgow, Paisley, Leith, Lanark, Newcastle, North Shields and Musselburgh.
This item was on show in 'Plague!', our exhibition on Scotland's history of disease, which ran at the National Library from 11 December 2015 to 29 May 2016.