John Snow (1813–1858)

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John Snow (15 March 1813–16 June 1858) was an English physician and a leader in the adoption of anaesthesia and medical hygiene. He is considered to be one of the fathers of epidemiology, because of his work in tracing the source of a cholera outbreak in Soho, England, in 1854. John Snow was one of the first physicians to study and calculate dosages for the use of ether and chloroform as surgical anaesthetics, allowing patients to undergo surgical procedures without the distress and pain they would otherwise experience. He personally administered chloroform to Queen Victoria when she gave birth to the last two of her nine children, Leopold in 1853 and Beatrice in 1857, leading to wider public acceptance of obstetric anaesthesia. Snow published an article on ether in 1847 entitled 'On the Inhalation of the Vapor of Ether'.

Royal College of Anaesthetists

London

Title

John Snow (1813–1858)

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 87 x W 66 cm

Accession number

RCOA57

Acquisition method

commissioned by the late Dr Jackson Rees

Work type

Painting

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