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The dunghills of Glasgow in 1839

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7527.1237 (Published 24 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1237
  1. Jeremy Hugh Baron, honorary professorial lecturer
  1. Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York

    I have seen human degradation in some of its worse phases, both in England and abroad, but I can advisedly say, that I do not believe, until I visited the wynds of Glasgow, that so large an amount of filth, crime, misery, and disease existed on one spot in any civilised country. The wynds consist of long lanes, so narrow that a cart could with difficulty pass along them; out of these open the “closes” which are courts about fifteen or twenty feet square, round which the houses, mostly of three storeys high, are built; the centre of the court is the dunghill, which probably is the most lucrative part of the estate to the laird in most instances, and which it would consequently be esteemed an invasion of rights of property to remove.

    Maver I. Glasgow. Keele: University Press, 2000: 85-6

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