1399 - 1300France

In France, in 1350, King John II established the first Sanitary Police and this has been considered the commencement of sanitary reform. The ordinance provided that hogs should not be kept in the cities; that streets should be cleansed, and the offal removed; that butchers should not sell meat more than two days old in winter, and one and a half in summer; and that fish should be sold the same day they were caught. Ever so gradually, cleanliness and hygiene returned as important factors in society.



  • History Lesson. Humble Beginnings by Jerome Goddard.
  • http://www.deltaomega.org/documents/shattuck.pdf

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