author={Mary Wilson Carpenter},
  journal={Victorian Literature and Culture},
  pages={511 - 528}
  • M. Carpenter
  • Published 6 May 2010
  • History
  • Victorian Literature and Culture
In 1831 the first epidemic of what came to be known as “Asiatic cholera” bloomed in Britain. The disease, which in previous centuries had been known only in India, was to appear again in Britain in 1848–49, 1853–54, and 1866–67 as pandemics swept around the globe. But it was cholera's first arrival on the shores of Britain in 1831 that struck terror into British hearts. No one knew what disastrous consequences might ensue from this alien plague. Striking down perfectly healthy people, sometimes… 
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