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Crime, Cholera and Imprisonment

  • Tue, Sep 4 2007
    • Crime and Cholera

 When can a theory kill people? When a theory leads to policies that increase the causes of death rather than reducing them. That is what London officials did with the cholera epidemic in the 19th Century. And it may be just what America is doing with the problem of homicide in the 21st. The cholera epidemic of 1848-49 was instigated by a plan any bio-terrorist would love: systematic poisoning of the water supply. The theory was that disease was caused by “miasma:” bad…

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