Public health

On 27 February 1873, William Corcoran, a baker in Tuam, Co. Galway, summoned the doctor to look at his 22–year-old assistant William Burke. The doctor took one look, diagnosed smallpox and ordered young William to the local workhouse hospital. Instead, however, Corcoran brought him to the railway st...

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Published in: Social change and everyday life in Ireland, 1850–1922 p. 90
Main Author: Caitriona Clear
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Manchester University Press 07-19-2013
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Law
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Summary: On 27 February 1873, William Corcoran, a baker in Tuam, Co. Galway, summoned the doctor to look at his 22–year-old assistant William Burke. The doctor took one look, diagnosed smallpox and ordered young William to the local workhouse hospital. Instead, however, Corcoran brought him to the railway station and settled him on the train home to Athenry. By the time William Burke died, some days later, a full-scale public health alert was in place. Kineen’s hotel in Athenry was closed by public health order; Loughrea workhouse infirmary van was burned maliciously to make sure it could not be used
ISBN: 9780719074387
071907438X