Medical Lessons of the Past
Steven Johnson Keynotes - Presented by a passionate thinker and intellectual, keynotes by Steven Johnson are extremely...
City officials in London believed that the stench throughout the city was responsible for people falling ill. As a solution, they instructed each resident to empty their basins of bodily excretions into the river. As it would soon be discovered, the cause of people's illness was not from the stench of the city, but from of contaminated water, which was only made worse by the recent drop into the river.
His speech highlights one of the most important medical discoveries of history -- that cholera was a water-borne disease.