Healthy Cities: Medical practitioners and the creation of public parks & garden cities

Otra interesante visión de cómo están vinculadas la Salud Ambiental y la Biodiversidad que nos rodea.

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By Clare Hickman

In 1907, London County Councillor, George Haw asserted that

If the parks are the lungs of London, the lungs must have been in a very weak condition before the London County Council (LCC) was created [in 1889]. That body came along like a benevolent physician with healing in its train. It might be said that it found London suffering from the shortcomings of one lung, and has since restored it to the blessings of two lungs.[1]

Here the city is portrayed as a sick body, the governing body of the council is the doctor, and the parks are spaces which can help restore health to the ailing urban fabric. As I hope to show, nineteenth-century medical practitioners were themselves already acting as physicians to the city by prescribing green spaces as necessary to the health and well-being of the city and its citizens.

Haw’s evocative image…

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