Off to London Sunday and plan to revisit the site of what many consider to be the birth of Epidemiology – SOHO, the Broad Street Pump and the works of Dr. John Snow, who in 1854 determined that the cholera outbreak sweeping the area was related to the water coming from the Broad Street Pump. The handle was removed, and the rest is history. Last year I gained membership in the John Snow Society. Founded in 1993, the John Snow Society aims to promote the life and works of Dr John Snow as anesthetist and pioneer of epidemiological methods. In 2001, the Society became part of the Royal Institute of Public Health, London.

Hopefully, we in the States will honor Dr. Snow’s work by actually funding Local, State and Federal food and water borne disease surveillance.

  • Bill: Nice mention of one of the early pioneers. The direct approach to solving a public health problem is always the best, find the source and eliminate the means of spread. How things have changed, pulling the plug on unsafe sources of food and water has become more difficult for public health folks even in a crisis.

  • I don’t think that you need public funding these days to establish this alert system.
    Hospitals could simply share the non personal information with a google maps app and a quick map of the infected area could be presented to the world, with real time updates, and zoom in and out features.