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Aldersgate School of Medicine was a private medical school in London, on Aldersgate Street.  It was established in 1825.  For a while, it rivaled the  nearby St. Bartholomew's Hospital School of Medicine.  John Snow learned of the school from a friend at the Westminster Medical Society, who had joined the faculty in 1844.  Two years later a position opened at Aldersgate as lecturer in forensic medicine.  Because of his education and publication on lead poisoning, the institution felt that Dr. Snow was  qualified to teach the course, and he was hired in 1846 as lecturer.  Later that year, the following announcement appeared in The Lancet (2, 345, 1846), describing the curriculum at Aldersgate School of Medicine, including the course on forensic medicine to be taught by Dr. John Snow in the 1847 summer session:

Unfortunately, the Aldersgate School of Medicine in later years could not compete with the reputation of nearby St. Bartholomew's Hospital School of Medicine, and it was forced to close in 1849.  His friend who initially told him of the position went on to University College Hospital, but John Snow did not follow him, and in fact never sought another academic post.  Instead he became busy with a successful medical practice and research in anesthesiology and the epidemiology of cholera. 


Snow, SJ. J of Medical Biography 8, 71-77, 2000.

Richardson, BW in Snow on Cholera, Hafner Pub. Co., 1965.

Vinten-Johansen P et al. Cholera, Chloroform, and the Science of Medicine: A Life of John Snow, 2003.

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