The founding father of epidemiology, John Snow, tried to convince many that cholera could be spread by contaminated water. In 1831, when people began dying in England from cholera, Snow began experimenting to find how cholera was spread. By looking at the pump for the water, he knew that it was spread from that. He later discovered that what brought upon this epidemic was a mother who washed her baby's diaper near the pump.
In the early 19th century, there were reports of ghosts that stalked the streets of London. These human-like figures were described as pale and stalked and preyed on lone pedestrians. The stories told of these figures formed part of a distinct ghost tradition in London which, some writers have argued, formed the foundation of the later legend of Spring-heeled Jack. Spring-Heeled Jack, the terror of Victorian London #history #places #london #victoriana #victorian
Blue Stage of the spasmodic cholera. Sketch of a Girl who died of cholera, in Sunderland, November, 1831. Artist unknown. Illustrated In: Lancet (1831-32): "History of...the...cholera in England and Scotland.". Image A012673 from Images from the History of Medicine (IHM).
Snow’s chloroform inhaler, 1858 was designed by John Snow (1813-58). He was the first specialist anaesthetist in Britain and he administered anesthesia to Queen Victoria during the birth of her son Leopold in 1853. 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.