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Posted: 19/01/2009 12:41:19
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Tweak: Quoted from a couple of other topics, moved to General Chat to allow others to reply if wished!

lynseyshaw wrote:

I have came across an industrial illness called ankylostomiasis, which affected the lives of many Cornish miners in the 19th and early 10th centuries, which is essentially an intestinal complaint caused by hookworms, which has been attributed to the lack of sanitation and toilet facilities underground during this period.

This is going to be the focus of my honours dissertation, which i shall be researching 2009-2010. If anyone has any information in regards to this complaint in Cornwall or anywhere else in the UK, I would be more than glad to hear from you.



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A paper was published in 1902 by J.S. Haldane reporting an outbreak of ankylostomiasis at Dolcoath Mine near Camborne. It is widely avaliable in libraries. Haldane concluded that the disease, caused by a parasitic worm excreted in human faeces and which was thriving in the heat of the mineworkings, was probably introduced from overseas as a number of the men employed there were return miners who had worked in tropical areas.

Dr. Catherine Mills, Research Fellow of Exeter University, would be a good contact as she works in the area of medical health and the mining industry and I know she has done a fair bit of research on hookworm. You can find her details on the University website.

Cornwall Record Office have a number of documents relating to medical history (particularly St Lawrences Hospital) where many miners who became mentally disturbed were treated.

Good luck with your undergraduate thesis.


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Posted: 19/01/2009 12:44:17
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Already replied as did CP re a few links....

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Posted: 19/01/2009 12:58:38
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not much i can add really though if anyone even wants to know about the human impacts on silver on health (or most aspects of silver as an element really) my honers project is on this and its contamination from mining. so am happy to help Thumb Up IP: 77.96.153.87 Edited: 19/01/2009 12:59:13 by ferret
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Posted: 19/01/2009 13:07:12
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Vanoord wrote:

Tweak: Quoted from a couple of other topics, moved to General Chat to allow others to reply if wished!

lynseyshaw wrote:

I have came across an industrial illness called ankylostomiasis, which affected the lives of many Cornish miners in the 19th and early 10th centuries, which is essentially an intestinal complaint caused by hookworms, which has been attributed to the lack of sanitation and toilet facilities underground during this period.

This is going to be the focus of my honours dissertation, which i shall be researching 2009-2010. If anyone has any information in regards to this complaint in Cornwall or anywhere else in the UK, I would be more than glad to hear from you.



Cornish Pixie wrote:

A paper was published in 1902 by J.S. Haldane reporting an outbreak of ankylostomiasis at Dolcoath Mine near Camborne. It is widely avaliable in libraries. Haldane concluded that the disease, caused by a parasitic worm excreted in human faeces and which was thriving in the heat of the mineworkings, was probably introduced from overseas as a number of the men employed there were return miners who had worked in tropical areas.

Dr. Catherine Mills, Research Fellow of Exeter University, would be a good contact as she works in the area of medical health and the mining industry and I know she has done a fair bit of research on hookworm. You can find her details on the University website.

Cornwall Record Office have a number of documents relating to medical history (particularly St Lawrences Hospital) where many miners who became mentally disturbed were treated.

Good luck with your undergraduate thesis.


I uploaded Haldanes paper some time ago, you will find it in the document library. Any problems let me know.

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Posted: 19/01/2009 13:09:03
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I may have a copy of a report from a Royal Commission set up to investigate this problem in about 1910? I know it describes sanitation (or lack of it) in the Furness mines and may cover other areas too. Not sure if I still have it, but I'll take a look.


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Posted: 19/01/2009 13:12:25
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That would be really helpful mate. Thank you! IP: 193.62.251.42
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Posted: 19/01/2009 13:12:33
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carnkie wrote:

I uploaded Haldanes paper some time ago, you will find it in the document library. Any problems let me know.


This one? [web link]

EDIT: Ah no, this one! [web link]

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Posted: 19/01/2009 13:16:45
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That's handy. The first link is to my reply in the other thread. Thumb Up

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Posted: 19/01/2009 13:17:06
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Thanks a lot. ICLOK has also highlighted this one and I have printed it off into my growing folder of knowledge lol IP: 193.62.251.42
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Posted: 19/01/2009 13:32:27
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Told You! Thumbs Up

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Posted: 19/01/2009 13:44:29
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I happen to have a selective transcript here of ....

"Royal Commission on Metalliferous Mines and Quarries part 1"
published 1912 (evidence taken 1910)

Chairman - Sir Henry Hardinge Samuel Cunynghame

I copied out those parts of it which I thought were interesting, many years ago now. It's quite long - I can email it to you. Once you have PM working, send me your email address and I'll forward it to you.

Here is a sample:

20 Oct 1910

Evidence of Mr T.Gavan-Duffy, Gen.Sec. of Cumberland Iron Ore Miners' and Kindred Trades Association, given at Egremont, Cumberland

3706 Witness: There is the question of sanitation in the mines, a
very vital question.

3707/8 Chairman: Will you tell us about that?
Witness: You referred to the memorandum I have put in giving a summary of the replies I received to the circular I sent round to my officials in the various mines. I have made an enquiry in that circular as to what takes the place of a closet in mines.

If you refer to the replies to question 18 asking what takes the place of a closet at your mine, you will find in the whole of the mines there is not one single water closet. The replies are, from 4 employers, they use the gutter; from 4 employers, they go anywhere; from 2 employers, they go to the sump; from 2 employers, they have the stream; from one employer, Sir John Walsh's Bigrigg, they use a dynamite packing case, and at Wood End they use an old bogey which is emptied occasionally ... I feel quite sure this [whole situation] is a beastly arrangement, if it can be called an arrangement at all. In regard to sanitation where the sump or stream leading to the sump is used, there can be no objection, but some men are sensitive, and rather than use an open space with men passing to and fro, they practice restriction; but the use of old workings, allowing men to go anywhere, is neither respectful to human nature nor conducive to health.




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Posted: 19/01/2009 13:48:37
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Thanks Peter...it does look interesting, I have PM'd you my email address IP: 193.62.251.42
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Posted: 19/01/2009 14:43:27
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Thanks Peter, I got your email and it looks like brilliant information. IP: 193.62.251.42
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Posted: 19/01/2009 14:56:04
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I think there are quite a few typos in it! And there is a great deal more in the original - and I can't recall whether my transcription is comprehensive on the matter of sanitation. What I am saying is don't rely on my transcript without reference to the original.

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Posted: 19/01/2009 17:28:41
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Interestingly enough, it was JBS Haldane who made the "dropping animals down mineshafts" comment. Mouse lives......horse goes splash, etc.

Very interesting bloke indeed. I wonder if he spent much time down here...
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Posted: 19/01/2009 17:46:15
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JBS wasn't the one who wrote the report though. That was his father JS. JBS was the biologist and geneticist

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Posted: 19/01/2009 21:50:51
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Thanks for it Peter. I will refer back to the original when in doubt. I know what its' like. Your interpretation may be totally different from mine. IP: 78.148.177.215
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Posted: 20/01/2009 15:39:10
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When reading a couple of articles on this topic, I noticed that they refer to the disease being brought in from men returning from other countries. I was just wondering, where the men in Camborne went and why? Were they fighting in the Boer War or was there like mining opportunities abroad at this time? IP: 193.62.251.42
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Posted: 20/01/2009 16:22:30
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Well the disease is very widespread in tropical and sub-tropical countries and as Cornish Miners migrated to many such as South America, south Africa, Mexico, India, Australia, etc etc they no doubt picked it up there and then brought it back withem. It was only recorded before in Britain among Lascars on vessels from India as Haldane mentions. I think it possible that this could have been the origin of the Dolcoath outbreak. I should add of course that thousand emmigrated to the US. In fact any hard rock mining and you will probably have found Cornish Miners. The migration story is long and compicated so I'll leave the rest to Cornish Pixie. Wink


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There were thousands in Africa at the time of the Boer War and huge amounts of money were sent back to Cornwall to aid the very sick economy. Sounds familiar.

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Posted: 20/01/2009 22:16:57
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An excellent response as ever Carnkie...thank you very much IP: 78.146.138.62
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