In Sickness And ...
London has been the venue for many pioneering public health schemes over the years, ranging from John Snow's work to identify the causes of Cholera to Bazalgette's construction of the sewer system. But for every breakthrough in public health, there have been numerous horrible failures. Here we list the top 10.
10. Typhoid: Nature's Beautician for Healthy Skin. Pamphlet, 1871.
9. Dr Feniloe's Radium and Lead Cutlery. Withdrawn 1894.
8. Barking Spa. Renamed "Northern Outfall Sewage Works", 1904.
7. The Killer In Your Home: Why Privies Belong At The Bottom Of The Garden. Book, first and only edition dated 1922.
6. Lawnmower Repairs For The Under-Fives. Book, pulped 1971.
5. Botulicks. Popular frozen-milk snack until 1959.
4. Our Friend Anthrax. Government film produced 1952, shown twice.
3 AIDS: It'll Probably Go Away By Itself. Pamphlet, withdrawn 1982.
2. The Daily Mail. Various stories including "New Asylum Seeker Breast Cancer Threat to House Prices", "Flirting: The Cancer Connection" and "Did Nostradamus Predict BSE Using The Bible Code?", 1971-2004 and on.
1. The Rat Diet. Controversial nutrition advice until 1348.