Insanitary City

Henry Littlejohn and the Condition of Edinburgh

By Paul Laxton, Richard Rodger

Format: Hardback

Dr Henry Littlejohn's Report on the Sanitary Condition of Edinburgh (1865) was a landmark in public health administration, with a significance far beyond the boundaries of Edinburgh. This book reproduces the complete, original Report, and describes fully its pivotal role in the development of public health management in Victorian cities.

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Dr Henry Littlejohn's Report on the Sanitary Condition of Edinburgh (1865) was a landmark in urban management and public health administration. The Lancet described it as 'monumental'. The Report had a significance far beyond the boundaries of Edinburgh and his meticulous research produced penetrating insights into the links between poverty, employment and public health in Victorian cities. Insanitary City reproduces the full Report and sets it in this wider context. For over half a century, Littlejohn's career as Police Surgeon, Crown witness in murder cases and medical advisor to the Scottish Poor Law authorities, gave him an unrivalled overview of the problems confronting Victorian society. In 1895 he was knighted 'for services to sanitary science'.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Hardback
Imprint Carnegie Publishing
Publication Date 30 Jan 2014
ISBN 9781859362204
Number of Pages 480

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'Rodger and Laxton have produced a masterly introduction to the 'Report'. It is authoritative, meticulously researched, full of new insights and written in a clear, flowing style.' Iain Macintyre (Past Vice-President, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh) 'An essential work of explication and interpretation - the authors are amongst the most careful and accomplished of Britain's urban historians.' Professor Gerry Kearns (National University of Ireland) 'This book will be required reading for historians and historical geographers with interests in public health and medicine, urban administration, and the history of Edinburgh.' Professor Graham Mooney (Johns Hopkins University)

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