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Diptheria epidemic

Join this Vicfix campaign to eradicate errors in historical reports on diptheria

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About the diptheria epidemic

Diptheria, an acute bacterial disease also known as 'colonial croup', reached alarming proportions in Victoria in the early 20th century. Infected patients were quarantined across the state from Bendigo to Drouin, and when diagnosis and treatment came too late, mortality rates – particularly among children – were high.

Explanations for the disease's cause ranged from poorly drained sewers to damp beds to indigestion. Letters to the editors of newspapers in this period offered a panoply of home remedies, including one where sufferers were encouraged to inhale brimstone before applying a topical application of sulphuric acid to the back of the throat!

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Diptheria tent, Swan Hill Hospital, George Hamilton, photograph, c 1905–17 

Diptheria epidemic

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