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    Quote Originally Posted by cojak View Post
    The myth of medieval small beer.

    Rather obvious if you think it through...

    I think it all got rather muddled with the discovery of the source of cholera in 1854. Brewers were drinking beer because they were brewers, not because they thought the water was bad.

    It took sociology/anthropology and statistics to make the link between bad water and cholera.
    Indeed, the brewery workers did kind of mess up John Snow's stats until he realised they got free beer at work, as I recall.

    It's ironic that there's now a pub named after him near where the Broad Street (now Broadwick Street) pump stood, as he was a strict teetotaller

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    Quote Originally Posted by cojak View Post
    The myth of medieval small beer.

    Rather obvious if you think it through...

    I think it all got rather muddled with the discovery of the source of cholera in 1854. Brewers were drinking beer because they were brewers, not because they thought the water was bad.

    It took sociology/anthropology and statistics to make the link between bad water and cholera.
    And some people got cholera because they liked the taste of a particular well elsewhere, which, unfortunately, happened to be infected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeitghost View Post
    And some people got cholera because they liked the taste of a particular well elsewhere, which, unfortunately, happened to be infected.
    Yes, there was a woman in Hampstead, which was still pretty rural then, who used to live in Soho and had a load of water brought from the Broad Street pump every week. That didn't end well for her, and also messed up Dr. Snow's stats for a while

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