John Snow was born in 1813 and died at the age of forty-five. He was an obstetrician and was among the first doctors to use anesthesia. He was a vegetarian, did not drink alcoholic beverages and never married. Today, there is a replica of the pump near Broad and Cambridge Streets, along with a commemorative plaque marking Snow’s significance as a pioneering example of medical research in the service of public health. A pub named after Snow is located near the site of the original Broad Street pump. The pub claims to have the handle from the original pump and has an extensive collection of memorabilia from Snow’s life. A John Snow Society exists to honor the physician and epidemiologist. Those who visit the pub while in London are entitled to membership in the society.
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