The Resource Cholera, chloroform, and the science of medicine : a life of John Snow, Peter Vinten-Johansen [and others]

Cholera, chloroform, and the science of medicine : a life of John Snow, Peter Vinten-Johansen [and others]

Label
Cholera, chloroform, and the science of medicine : a life of John Snow
Title
Cholera, chloroform, and the science of medicine
Title remainder
a life of John Snow
Statement of responsibility
Peter Vinten-Johansen [and others]
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The product of six years of collaborative research, this fine biography offers new interpretations of a pioneering figure in anaesthesiology, epidemiology, medical cartography, and public health. It modifies the conventional rags to riches portrait of John Snow by synthesising fresh information about his early life from archival research and recent studies. It explores the intellectual roots of his commitments to vegetarianism, temperance, and pure drinking water, first developed when he was a medical apprentice and assistant in the north of England. The authors argue that all of Snow's later contributions are traceable to the medical paradigm he imbibed as a medical student in London and put into practice early in his career as a clinician: that medicine as a science required the incorporation of recent developments in its collateral sciences, chiefly anatomy, chemistry, and physiology, in order to understand the causes of disease. Snow's theoretical breakthroughs in anaesthesia were extensions of his experimental research in respiratory physiology and the properties of inhaled gases.; Shortly thereafter, his understanding of gas laws led him to reject miasmatic explanations for the spread of cholera, and to develop an alternative theory in consonance with what was then known about chemistry and the physiology of digestion. Using all of Snow's writings, the authors follow him when working in his home laboratory, visiting patients throughout London, attending medical society meetings, and conducting studies during the cholera epidemics of 1849 and 1854. The result is a book that demythologises some overly heroic views of Snow by providing a fairer measure of his actual contributions. It will have an impact not only on the understanding of the man but also on the history of epidemiology and medical science
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
COCUF
Dewey number
  • 617.9/6/092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RA649.5.S66
LC item number
S647 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Cholera, chloroform, and the science of medicine : a life of John Snow, Peter Vinten-Johansen [and others]
Publication
Bibliography note
  • "Bibliography": pages 404-420
  • Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn133169064
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 437 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780195135442
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b24262870
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)133169064
  • acaebk019513544X

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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