Speaker: Dr Stephanie J Snow, University of Manchester
Health Sciences Lecture
Born and bred within York’s city walls, John Snow was a poor working-class boy who, by dint of ambition and hard work, trained as a doctor and established himself in London where his best-known patient was Queen Victoria.
His rise from the backstreets of York to Buckingham Palace and the London medical elite has a strong dramatic undertow and he remains an iconic figure in the fields of public health, epidemiology and anaesthesia. Through his story we can engage with nineteenth century working-class struggles for education and advancement; the fascinating and controversial debates that surrounded the introduction of anaesthesia; cholera epidemics which provoked deep divisions in medical and public understandings of the spread of disease; and the emergence of science-based medical practice.
The lecture will therefore provide an opportunity to celebrate John Snow’s achievements in the context of his Yorkshire origins and to discuss the lasting legacy of his work.
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