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Morbid Matter: Public Health and Public Opinion

John Snow in Anesthesia and Epidemiology Today, June 16th, we remember the work of Dr. John Snow who died on this day in 1858.  During his lifetime, Snow’s innovative work in the fields of anesthesia and epidemiology was met either with public rejoicing or skepticism . As public opinion has shifted with new available information, technologies, and social expectations, so has the response to Snow’s endeavors. When the control and protection of bodies become subjects of public discourse, the morbid matters of health are determined not only by research, but by convention. Chloroform: The Popular Poison John Snow popularized the use of chloroform...

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