The Report to the Leeds Board of Health was made by Dr. Robert Baker in the aftermath of the cholera epidemic that hit Leeds in 1832. It was submitted to the Leeds Board of Health by Baker and other medical men in January 1833. The minutes of the Board meeting on January 16th 1833 read as follows:
We are of the opinion that the streets in which malignant cholera prevailed most severely, were those in which the drainage was most imperfect; and that the state of the general health of the inhabitants would be greatly improved, and the probability of a future visitation from such malignant epidemics diminished, by a general and efficient system of drainage, sewerage and paving, and the enforcement of better regulations as to the cleanliness of the streets.
The findings of Baker's report were also included in Edwin Chadwick's Report on the Sanitary Conditions of the Labouring Population of Great Britain.
This table reveals how many deaths occurred in Leeds in 1832 and enables a comparison of the number of deaths from cholera and those from other causes. Also included is data about the number of baptisms that took place in 1832. This gives some indication of the number of births in 1832.
- Make a list of the characteristics of the epidemic.