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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Dr John Snow


During the years 1831 and 1860 London suffered many cholera outbreaks with tens of thousands of people dying from the disease. It was Dr John Snow who made the connection between the polluted drinking water and the epidemic. During one outbreak in 1854 Snow realised the victims all had one thing in common - they had all used water pump in Broad Street. He had the handle to the water pump removed and within no time the spread of the disease halted.
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The original site of the water pump is just outside the pub bearing his name John Snow but a few yards away is a replica with this plaque underneath:
 
 
 
 

4 comments:

  1. You are quite the historian. I love little stories like that I wonder if they ever found out what was polluting the water that supplied the pump.

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  2. I had heard of him before, but I didn't know what he accomplished. Very interesting! Sometimes you must push through the resistance to make new discoveries, like he did. :-)

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  3. Fantastic information, and such lovely images!

    Happy Easter..

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  4. How interesting ! You really have a nose to discover special things !

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