Revisiting the “poverty line”

As we discuss the current state of relative and absolute poverty in the UK, it's worth revisiting the origins of the concept of a "poverty line" in the work of Charles Booth and Seebohm Rowntree. Booth’s definition of poverty was intentionally relative, given that he was using a description of class, rather than income. In… Continue reading Revisiting the “poverty line”

Mapping Disease: Tuberculosis in Chicago, 1906

Last week we saw how a doctor in New York had sought to diagnose bad housing by mapping its morphological aetiology. Almost at the same time another doctor, this time in Chicago, made a comprehensive study of the incidence of tuberculosis in the Near West Side of Chicago. His report’s striking graphics, which show built… Continue reading Mapping Disease: Tuberculosis in Chicago, 1906