Dr John Snow
(1813-1858)

Died aged 45

John Snow (15 March 1813 – 16 June 1858) was an English physician and a leader in the adoption of anesthesia and medical hygiene. He is considered one of the fathers of modern epidemiology, in part because of his work in tracing the source of a cholera outbreak in Soho, London, in 1854. His findings inspired fundamental changes in the water and waste systems of London, which led to similar changes in other cities, and a significant improvement in general public health around the world.

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Commemorated on 4 plaques

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Dr John Snow 1813-1858 pioneer anaesthetist and epidemiologist lived in a house on this site

Frith Street W1, London, United Kingdom where they lived

To the memory of John Snow 1813-1858. Pioneer anaesthetist and epidemiologist born near here.

Park Inn, North Street, York, United Kingdom where they was born near (1813)

Dr John Snow (1813-1858) Founding father of Epidemiology. In 1854 his research linked deaths to the water pump near this site and thus determined that cholera is a water borne disease

Broadwick Street, London, United Kingdom where they worked

Dr. John Snow (1813-1858), a noted anaesthetist and physician, lived near the focus of the 1854 Soho Cholera epidemic, which started in August 1854 in Broad Street, as Broadwick Street was then called. In September of that year more than 500 people died in Soho from the disease. Snow had studied cholera in the 1848-9 epidemic in South London and developed a novel theory that polluted drinking water caused the disease. He recognised that cholera cases were clustered around the water pump located here and showed it was the cause of the epidemic. His theory initially met with some disbelief but he convinced the parish council to remove the pump’s handle on the 8th September 1854, to prevent its further use. Removal of the pump handle has become an international symbol of public health. The John Snow Society was founded in 1992 to commemorate Dr Snow’s work. The original pump was situated outside the site where the John Snow public house now stands and this replica has been returned to its historic location, previously marked by a pink granite kerbstone.

Broadwick Street, London, United Kingdom where they was