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N MacGillivray
Journal Issue: 
Volume 36: Issue 1: 2006




The paper assesses the contribution of Dr Thomas Latta of Leith to the treatment of cholera in Leith and Edinburgh during the cholera epidemic of 1832. The  historiography  of  cholera  treatment  in  the  nineteenth  century  is  discussed and contemporary analyses of the use of intravenous saline infusion are reviewed. In  conclusion, the  reasons  why  Latta’s  contribution  and  reputation  did  not  long survive his death are examined.