John Snow

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  • John Snow
    • Background
      • British physician
      • Considered one of the founders of modern epidemiology
      • Born 15th March 1813
      • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1838 and the Royal College of Physicians in 1850
      • Died 16th June 1858
      • Apprenticed to a surgeon at 14
    • Cholera epidemic of 1854
      • Didn't accept the theory that miasma spread disease
      • Published his ideas in an essay 'On the Mode of Communication of Cholera' in 1849
      • Plotted cases of cholera on a map of Soho, identifying the Broad Street pump as the source of the disease
      • His 'germ' theory was not widely accepted until the 1860s
    • Anaesthetics
      • Tested the effects of controlled doses of ether and chloroform
      • Made them safer and more effective

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