Cholera, Chloroform, and the Science of Medicine: A Life of by Peter Vinten-Johansen,Howard Brody,Nigel Paneth,Stephen

By Peter Vinten-Johansen,Howard Brody,Nigel Paneth,Stephen Rachman,Michael Rip,David Zuck

The made of six years of collaborative learn, this tremendous biography deals new interpretations of a pioneering determine in anesthesiology, epidemiology, scientific cartography, and public wellbeing and fitness. It modifies the traditional rags to riches portrait of John Snow by way of synthesizing clean information regarding his youth from archival study and up to date reports. It explores the highbrow roots of his commitments to vegetarianism, temperance, and natural ingesting water, first built while he used to be a scientific apprentice and assistant within the north of britain. The authors argue that each one of Snow's later contributions are traceable to the scientific paradigm he imbibed as a scientific pupil in London and placed into perform early in his profession as a clinician: that medication as a technological know-how required the incorporation of contemporary advancements in its collateral sciences--chiefly anatomy, chemistry, and physiology--in order to appreciate the motives of sickness. Snow's theoretical breakthroughs in anesthesia have been extensions of his experimental examine in breathing body structure and the houses of inhaled gases. almost immediately thereafter, his realizing of fuel legislation led him to reject miasmatic reasons for the unfold of cholera, and to improve an alternate concept in consonance with what used to be then recognized approximately chemistry and the body structure of digestion. utilizing all of Snow's writings, the authors stick with him while operating in his domestic laboratory, vacationing sufferers all through London, attending scientific society conferences, and carrying out experiences through the cholera epidemics of 1849 and 1854. the result's a ebook that demythologizes a few overly heroic perspectives of Snow by means of delivering a fairer degree of his real contributions. it is going to have an effect not just at the realizing of the guy but additionally at the historical past of epidemiology and scientific science.

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