The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump: John Snow and

The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump: John Snow and


The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump: John Snow and the Mystery of Cholera [BOOKS] ✪ The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump: John Snow and the Mystery of Cholera Author Sandra Hempel – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk In , an unknown, horrifying, and deadly disease from Asia swept across continental Europe and North America, killing millions and throwing the medical profession into confusion A killer with little re In , Case of MOBI ò an unknown, horrifying, and deadly disease from Asia swept across continental Europe and North America, killing millions and throwing the medical profession into confusion A killer with little respect for class or wealth, cholera ravaged the squalid streets of Soho and rocked the great centers of Victorian power In this gripping book, Sandra Hempel tells the story of John Snow, a reclusive doctor without money or social position, who alone and unrecognized had the genius to look beyond the conventional wisdom of his day and uncover the truth behind the pandemic She describes how Snow discovered The Strange Kindle - that cholera was spread through drinking water and how this subsequently laid the foundations for the modern, scientific investigation of today s fatal plagues A dramatic account with a colorful cast of characters, The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump features diversions into fascinating facets of medical and social history, such as Snow s tending of Queen Victoria in childbirth, Dutch microbiologist Leeuwenhoek s deliberate breeding of lice in his socks, Dickensian children s farms, and riotous nineteenth century anesthesia parties An afterword discusses the new threat of infectious diseases including malaria, yellow fever, and cholera with today Strange Case of PDF ↠ s global warming Copub Granta.

  • Hardcover
  • 331 pages
  • The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump: John Snow and the Mystery of Cholera
  • Sandra Hempel
  • English
  • 09 February 2019
  • 0520250494

About the Author: Sandra Hempel

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10 thoughts on “The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump: John Snow and the Mystery of Cholera

  1. Morgan Scorpion Morgan Scorpion says:

    Should you by any chance travel back to the first half of the 19th Century, you should kill any doctors you meet on sight Trust me, you ll save tens of thousands of lives by so doing.

  2. R K R K says:

    The interest of humanity were best advanced by the universal practice of humanityPioneering Figure of Epidemiology and Anesthesia if your doctor has not heard of this man.be waryA lonerA shy reclusive manA vegetarianAn avoid er of alcohol QuietObservant Avid believer and follower in helping his fellow human being regardless of class and or situation.John Snow was all of these and was considered to be the weirdo of the Victorian Era.Respected for sure but considered odd by his felThe interest of humanity were best advanced by the universal practice of humanityPioneering Figure of Epidemiology and Anesthesia if your doctor has not heard of this man.be waryA lonerA shy reclusive manA vegetarianAn avoid er of alcohol QuietObservant Avid believer and follower in helping his fellow human being regardless of class and or situation.John Snow was all of these and was considered to be the weirdo of the Victorian Era.Respected for sure but considered odd by his fellow doctors.Snow was not a genius He was not flamboyant He was not a typical rags to riches story He was not super obsessed with science medicine He was not sly or crafty He was not rude or superficial.He was an articulate observant man who had a great desire to help all living creatures.Coming from a humble background he was sent off to be apprenticed as a doctor simply due to his excellence in arithmetic Shy and reserved for the duration of his life he went through life dedicated to his studies and work publishing well over 80 books journals in the scientific field He was a man that although, known for his work in anesthesia and books, was not included in higher scholarly circles due to his humble background Still he persisted in his studies undaunted by this isolation And it was due to this observing nature This need for meticulous thinking that gave him the understanding and even cure for cholera Cholera was known as the Indian Cholera because it came from India and spread like wildfire across continents Nobody knew how it traveled How it was caught Who it affected What was causing it And how to stop it This was a disease that spared no one Moved erratically and disappeared as fast as it appeared Cholera was an endemic that came in multiple bouts only to disappear as if it never existed in the first place If cholera could be symbolically represented by Ars ne Lupin, then it is just to say that Snow would be its Sherlock Holmes Sandra Hempel paints a beautiful landscape of what Britain looked like during the early to mid 1800 and it s not the romance you think of when you hear Victorian Era No The real London was dirty Sewage, defecation from all living creatures, vomit, dirt, mud, and a whole bunch of other things ravaged the streets Smells intermingled and hung over you day and night Living spaces were cramped and disheveled And yet, this standard of living if it can even be called living was valued by its pitiful residents who considered this much better than otherdestitute places This was the average life of a Londoner This was what they lived with day in and day out and no one bothered to change that Not even the parishes who were responsible for the wellbeing of such folk But that was the views of the British at the time The poor deserved it and any offer of consolation should be seen as a gift from God.Now into this grim portrait steps the main cast John Snow, Charles Dickens, Thomas Wakley, Florence Nightingale, Richardson, Edwin Lankester, Joshua Pasons, Henry Whitehead, William Farr, William Budd, Joseph Bazalgette, and many .Some names you may recognize and some you may not but the point is that all these people in some direct indirect way helped stop cholera and helped Britain start a new path One where standards of living conditions would change It was this battle with cholera that helped set the foundations of many branches of the medical field, political field, business field, humanitarian field, and manyIn fact, if it wasn t for the hard work of these people, Britain would look very different then how it is now The world in fact would be much different then what it is today Snow did not approach cholera from a scientific point of view Rather he went cracking at it like a detective Mapping out where cholera struck and the number of casualties along with the cause symptoms of death Once finding a potential lead, he went door to door asking questions, gathering intellect from victims, observers, and his own work Building upon them over and over again until he came to the conclusion, water Snow believed water to be the link to understanding how cholera spread Yet, his findings were ridiculed and largely rejected due his status as a nobody and due to the fact that his research had no scientific data to back his hypothesis An incident that only happened do to his rush to educate the public on a possible cause and cure At the end of the day, scientific politics won over the findings of a nobody Unperturbed, Snow continued to study the disease developing paper after paper on his firm belief that the cause of cholera came from the dire conditions of London s water systems.He was a man to die in his 40 s infamous for his work in anesthesia, epidemiology and queer persona It wasn t until years later where his work on cholera was to be acknowledged.Despite being a group of men who sought for scientific truth, mankind s greed for position and fame lead many to credit themselves over the discovery of how cholera came to be Luckily, there were those who wanted the true person Snow , to be accredited Would Snow have minded that others tried to steal his work No.He once said,You and I may not live to see the day, and my name may be forgotten when it comes, but the time will arrive when great outbreaks of cholera will be things of the past and it is the knowledge of the way in which the disease is propagated which will cause them to disappearFor sure there were times when his frustration with bureaucracy came out as his friend Richardson quoted him once saying,Nothing so inevitably tends to transform an earnest, inquiring, and enthusiastic man into a supercilious, superficial, and cold hearted egotist as translation from the tool of self reliance and independence into the gilded chair of officeBut, all in all, Snow was the type of doctor to just be glad that the suffering of his patient had come of and end regardless of what the cure was or who discovered it He was a man in a respected profession who never let it get the best of him A beautiful trait that is sorely lacking in doctors nowadays I think it is suffice to say that I loved this book Sandra Hempel did a fantastic job with grabbing attention of the reader and her experience with journalism really shows itself in this book She is one of those journalist whom you buy the paper for just to read her column She did this one amazing thing where she never made Snow the focal point Choosing instead to make London the focus point whilst weaving in Snow s life like the binding in a book Doing something that would have made Snow proud of her as she prioritized the lives of others over the life of a simple doctor In doing so, she not only taught meon cholera but gave me insight on many other people who have dedicated their lives to helping humanity In other words.looks like I havebiographies to read Detailed and rich, this book is a sure pleaser

  3. Andrew Andrew says:

    Every so often I leave the world of fiction and delve in to other subjects Historical discoveries, usually those that have a direct impact on us particularly appeal to me and this title stood out Now as the cover explains it follows the events that afflicted London and the country during the 19th century due to successive Cholera out breaks and the pioneering work done by one man John Snow no idea if this was the basic of the fictional character or not The book covers the events that surroun Every so often I leave the world of fiction and delve in to other subjects Historical discoveries, usually those that have a direct impact on us particularly appeal to me and this title stood out Now as the cover explains it follows the events that afflicted London and the country during the 19th century due to successive Cholera out breaks and the pioneering work done by one man John Snow no idea if this was the basic of the fictional character or not The book covers the events that surrounded the various out breaks and work that was conducted not just by Mr Snow but by all the various people who became instrumental is finally putting the stop to them Both heroic and infamous these stories play out across an over crowded and disgusting unhygienic London rife with inequality and depreciation As the author Sandra Hempel says it was only a few short years after Charles Dickens had published his seminal critic of the system Oliver Twist that child farming, poor houses and cramped conditions linked to unsanitary practices and poor control over both sewers and water supplies meant that it was a matter of time before something of the nature happened The book not only charts the events from the scientific and medical community but also by the various characters involved from the clergy the politicians It does therefore at times waver away from John Snow but only to highlight the conditions and obstructions that were put in his way and how even in poor health he strove to stop such a devastating affliction

  4. Angela Angela says:

    In a horrifying slideshow of medical treatments that will make anyone glad to have been born within the last century, Sandra Hempel scours the records of Britain s repeated brushes with asiatic cholera in the mid 1800s, eventually focusing on the story of humble physician and vegetarian hero John Snow Roundly derided by the miasmatists who embraced popular medical theories of the day, Snow discovered and attempted to prove, through careful epidemiological mapping and interviews with victims In a horrifying slideshow of medical treatments that will make anyone glad to have been born within the last century, Sandra Hempel scours the records of Britain s repeated brushes with asiatic cholera in the mid 1800s, eventually focusing on the story of humble physician and vegetarian hero John Snow Roundly derided by the miasmatists who embraced popular medical theories of the day, Snow discovered and attempted to prove, through careful epidemiological mapping and interviews with victims families, that cholera was being spread through tainted water supplies Personally, I ve always had a soft spot in my heart for popular writing, fact or fiction, about plagues and epidemics It has all the suspense of a good murder mystery without anything so petty as a motive At times The Strange Case is packed with too many irrelevant facts one gets the sense that Hempel wanted no bit of research she did to go unshared but some of these random asides are fascinating I particularly enjoyed some of the details of Snow s earlier work as a pioneer of anesthesia and the origins of those cascades of medical interventions that still rule obstetrics today And really, where else was I to have learned that a fifteenth century colleague of Copernicus at Padua University wrote a 1300 verse epic poem about syphilis And so the story is a bit meandering, a bit slow to get to the point, but eventually a riveting tale of one doctor s quest to prove and publicize his suspicions about disease while hundreds died preventably around him It s a lesson about how fervently we can cling to ideas that are incorrect and unsupported It is, finally, an overdue homage to a brilliant and dedicated researcher

  5. Nick Davies Nick Davies says:

    I was bought this book as a gift a decade or so ago, and did try reading it back then, but didn t get very far with it as I wasn t reading as much back then I m very glad I dug it back out from my TBR pile, however.The author tells the tale of Dr John Snow s clever deductions about an outbreak of cholera in the Soho slums of 1800s London It s a tale with which I was pretty familiar with the central tenets of, from my own microbiology background, but Hempel adds a lotto the story and puts I was bought this book as a gift a decade or so ago, and did try reading it back then, but didn t get very far with it as I wasn t reading as much back then I m very glad I dug it back out from my TBR pile, however.The author tells the tale of Dr John Snow s clever deductions about an outbreak of cholera in the Soho slums of 1800s London It s a tale with which I was pretty familiar with the central tenets of, from my own microbiology background, but Hempel adds a lotto the story and puts it all in context Well researched, excellently told with respect to the grim times and upsetting environs in which the epidemics took root, and at a level which doesn t patronise the scientifically minded whilst still remaining approachable to the casual reader It all made for a very educational and compelling read.However, I agree with some other reviewers in pointing out that the central tale of John Snow removing the handle from a pump and stopping an outbreak not that it was actually that simple doesn t make for enough of a story to write a 300 page book There is a fair amount of meandering off on tangents at times, some biographical sections about minor players in the central tale which weren t exactly key , and Hempel does throw in a few paragraphs where I thought she was just having a bit of a go on her soap box However, it did make for an interesting read in the majority.Plus, of course, it reminded me of the time I was on a date with a young lady when a young man myself, and I pointed out during our romantic dinner that the big grassy hump in the church yard we could see across the road from the restaurant was in fact a mass grave of cholera victims Who said romance is dead

  6. Alana Alana says:

    A riveting true story that reads as easily as good fiction Sandra Hempel tells the story of John Snow and his discovering the route by which cholera is spread Well researched and told via a great plot, this is a truly enjoyable and interesting read Set mostly in Victorian England, the book also gives historical insight into living conditions, the medical establishment, public health and civil engineering at the time.

  7. Kenzo Kenzo says:

    Absolutely brilliant I had heard of the broad street pump episode and the map John Snow used and I was unmoved a fun and dramatic story which does not illustrate the genius of John Snow and even encourages people into misleading texas sharp shooter type investigations After reading this book, John Snow is my hero His best piece of work was the collection of data on water sources among cholera victims which he used to determine whether this exposure was associated with greater risk of illnes Absolutely brilliant I had heard of the broad street pump episode and the map John Snow used and I was unmoved a fun and dramatic story which does not illustrate the genius of John Snow and even encourages people into misleading texas sharp shooter type investigations After reading this book, John Snow is my hero His best piece of work was the collection of data on water sources among cholera victims which he used to determine whether this exposure was associated with greater risk of illness With this, he could determine whether his hunch was correct rather than, for example, assuming he was correct because he was smarter than everyone else which seems to have been the position of much of the medical establishment at the time His ideas illustrate his lack of ego and the way in which he pursued his ideas are evidence of the strength of his character.Sandra Hempel spices up the story with interesting supporting characters and sub plots, building a picture of this extraordinary man and the times he was living in She portrays a man in search of truth and understanding surrounded by a medical establishment driven by ego and opinion, which makes his humble perseverance all theheroic This culminates in the famous broad street pump incident, though the true climax of the story for me was the aforementioned collection and analysis of exposure data effectively giving birth to the field of epidemiology.As a piece of history, I enjoyed itthan history books focusedbroadly on a time or a place, perhaps because this book had a central character whose story I could use as a lens through which to understand the conditions of the time.This isn t just for those interested in public health It is for those interested in people that pursued their own ideas despite being ignored or dismissed, in the birth of some key scientific principles, in the conditions of 19th century England Highly recommended for everyone and anyone

  8. Debbie Debbie says:

    The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump describes the waves of cholera that spread across the world from 1817 to 1866, what was done to treat it, and what was discovered about it While many people and places were mentioned, we learned the most about John Snow since he made the greatest discovery about how cholera was spread and the main focus was on the cholera related events in London, England The book also described related topics like the medical and sanitary practices of the day, medic The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump describes the waves of cholera that spread across the world from 1817 to 1866, what was done to treat it, and what was discovered about it While many people and places were mentioned, we learned the most about John Snow since he made the greatest discovery about how cholera was spread and the main focus was on the cholera related events in London, England The book also described related topics like the medical and sanitary practices of the day, medical training, etc Sometimes it felt like the author was wandering off topic, but these asides still gave an interesting look at the time period.The author frequently quoted letters, journal articles, case notes, etc., from that time period They described what someone sick with cholera went through, the medical views on the spread and treatment of cholera, etc There were also black and white illustrations political cartoons and posters about cholera from that time period.If talking about drinking water that contains feces and mentions of people throwing up grosses you out, then you might not enjoy the many vivid descriptions in this book However, I found it an interesting, easy read from start to finish The author clearly explained the few medical terms she used as well as any outdated phrasings in the quotes that might be confusing.Cholera is another example of how the majority of scientists at that time were so sure of their own ideas about how sickness was transmitted that they couldn t see the truth even when John Snow clearly showed that they were wrong Anyone who believes that if most scientists say it then it must be true should read books like this Maybe they re right, maybe they aren t, but they aren t right just because they re in the majority.In any case, I recommend this book to those who aren t easily grossed out who are interested in cholera and the advances in science that occurred while trying to fight it

  9. Petra Petra says:

    Alternative title for this book The Medical Detective John Snow, Cholera And The Mystery Of The Broad Street Pump.I really enjoyed this book It goes beyond it s title it s not just about Broad Street but also the history of cholera s travels around the world, the beginning of anaesthesiology and epidemiology, the London drinking water system and orphanages Most surprising person mentioned Elizabeth Gaskell Sandra Hempel manages to show the works of Dr John Snow in a clear manner Snow wa Alternative title for this book The Medical Detective John Snow, Cholera And The Mystery Of The Broad Street Pump.I really enjoyed this book It goes beyond it s title it s not just about Broad Street but also the history of cholera s travels around the world, the beginning of anaesthesiology and epidemiology, the London drinking water system and orphanages Most surprising person mentioned Elizabeth Gaskell Sandra Hempel manages to show the works of Dr John Snow in a clear manner Snow was a quiet man, who despite his many great works, could have gone down in history unknown A man of no social status or money, his word work isn t recognized and, at one time, is plagiarized If not for Reverend Whitehead, Snow would have been forgotten by history, and that would have been regrettable He seemed like a nice man.This book is a good look at the medical system history of 1854 It shows a world before pure water and how precarious life was before safe water Strange facts about John Snow that are of interest only to me he was born on my birthday, died on my husband s birthday, made a statement before the medical board to try to convince them of the source of cholera on Broad Street on my mother s birthday Note to self when in London, have a beer at the John Snow Pub on Broadwick Street nee Broad Street , see the pump replica showing close site of original pump, visit Brompton Cemetery where John Snow is interred

  10. Vicki Cline Vicki Cline says:

    I discovered this book while reading On the Map A Mind Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks, where it was referenced because of the map John Snow made of cases of cholera in London in 1854 They were concentrated around a particular public water pump Snow was convinced that cholera was disseminated through dirty water, but most physicians believed it was bad air He was finally vindicated, after having been ignored for a long time, but his fame came after his untimely death The bo I discovered this book while reading On the Map A Mind Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks, where it was referenced because of the map John Snow made of cases of cholera in London in 1854 They were concentrated around a particular public water pump Snow was convinced that cholera was disseminated through dirty water, but most physicians believed it was bad air He was finally vindicated, after having been ignored for a long time, but his fame came after his untimely death The book covers how physicians were educated, the discovery of anesthesia, which Snow was also connected with, and the discovery of germs Sadly or happily , this book leads to threethat look very interesting I ll never get through my to read list at this rate

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