terrified of cholera, which was a new and fatal disease in the nineteenth
century. However, not all sections of the population welcomed the creation
of special cholera hospitals. In Russia and France, people rioted, convinced
that the doctors and the government were using the hospitals as a cover to
murder the poor. There were also riots in Britain, where people believed
that the doctors were dissecting the bodies of patients who died in cholera
Uprising group in Russia: ‘cholerics’, 1830s, disease was
a plot to kill the poor.