Edwin Chadwick, author of the 1842 report on the sanitary conditions of the labouring population of Great Britain, and a key proponent of sanitary reform, was forced to resign from his position on the General Board of Health.
Chadwick’s challenging personality and strong support of centralised administration and government intervention made him many enemies in Parliament.
The Times highlighted the antipathy to high levels of intervention in public health matters:
‘We prefer to take our chance with cholera than be bullied into health. There is nothing a man hates so much as being cleansed against his will or having his floor swept, his hall whitewashed, his dung heaps cleared away and his thatch forced to give way to slate.’