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 John Snow

John Snow

Birth
York, York Unitary Authority, North Yorkshire, England
Death 16 Jun 1858 (aged 45)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial West Brompton, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 12443 · View Source
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Physician. The eldest son of William and Frances Snow, he was born in York, England. He was apprenticed to a surgeon in Newcastle-upon-Tyne at 14, and in 1837 he began working at the Westminster Hospital. He was admitted a member of the Royal College of Surgeons the following year and to the Royal College of Physicians in 1850. Disbelieving the popularly accepted theory of cholora as an airborne contagion, a cholera outbreak in Soho in 1854 led to his investigation, including plotting cases of cholera on a map of the area, of the source of the outbreak. He was able to identify a well in Broad Street as the source of the disease. He had the handle of the pump removed, and cases of cholera immediately diminished. Snow's theory of disease, however, was not widely accepted. He was also a pioneer in the field of anaesthetics and his testing of the effects of controlled doses of ether and chloroform made those drugs safer and more effective. Snow administered obstetric anaesthesia to Queen Victoria on the birth of Prince Leopold in 1853, and again at the birth of Princess Beatrice in 1857. He was a vegetarian and a teetotaller who campaigned for temperance societies. Snow succumbed to a stroke in the summer of 1858. There is a plaque commemorating Snow's 1854 cholora study on Broad Street, present day Broadwick Street, near The John Snow Public House. In a 2003 poll of British doctors, Snow was voted the greatest physician of all time.

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  • Added: 13 Sep 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12443
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Snow (15 Mar 1813–16 Jun 1858), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12443, citing Brompton Cemetery, West Brompton, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .