“Mr Chadwick, pray tell me your thoughts on this cholera outbreak, seemingly affecting the whole of London.”
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Williams; all smell is disease. The miasma which overpowers as you approach the riverside; this is indeed the cause of these symptoms which render so many ill or dead.”
This conversation remained in my mind for many a year afterwards. However some suspected there may be a lacuna present in this simplistic theory of synchronicity between smell and illness.
Mr Chadwick did suggest reforms leading to improvements in sanitation provisions across our city. These changes greatly reduced the incidences of cholera and other diseases. Yet the theory that one would only have to be in the vicinity of the Thames and not so much as touch the water was seemingly flawed.
I would sit through many lectures on the matter, trying to gain knowledge, while observing fellow scientists oscitate or even doze right off to sleep. Their manners were appalling!
I am almost ashamed to tell you it was eventually a French gentleman, Monsieur Louis Pasteur who finally proved Chadwick wrong. Pasteur proved that the cholera was transmitted by germs. What a clever chap.
This piece was written for a challege as part of the platform building campaign.
Just thought I'd say that in case any of my regular readers think I have gone barking mad!
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