An emetic is a medicine that causes vomiting. It would not cure a patient of cholera. Prescribing medicines that didn’t work added to the belief that doctors were using the cholera outbreak as a way to make money out of scared and ill patients.

Board of Health:

The Board of Health was set up by the Government to co-ordinate the treatment and management of the cholera outbreak. Many people thought it was a waste of money and resources as so many people were still dying.