John Snow's contributions during the early years of inhalation anesthesia, and his investigations during two mid–century cholera epidemics in Victorian London, are landmarks in anesthesiology, epidemiology, medical cartography, and public health.

This web site is primarily an archive of Snow's published writings—most appearing in medical journals—as well as recorded presentations and comments at medical society meetings between 1838 and his death in 1858. It also contains selections from writings by some of Snow's contemporaries on the same topics he addressed.

This site is also an online companion to Cholera, Chloroform, and the Science of Medicine: A Life of John Snow (Oxford University Press, 2003), by Peter Vinten–Johansen, Howard Brody, Nigel Paneth, Stephen Rachman, and Michael Rip, with assistance from David Zuck. The bibliography is available in searchable text, and all figures are reproduced. We also provide research schemas that were prepared for analytical purposes during the writing process. We intend to post illustrations and maps that are not included in the book.

A third portion of the site features interpretive studies of John Snow, of his contemporaries, and of the issues they addressed; a comprehensive bibliography; and a list of additional Web sites on these topics.

The John Snow Archive and Research Companion now uses KORA, an Open Source, database driven, online digital repository that allows our researchers to ingest, manage, and deliver digital texts and their corresponding metadata. All the texts within Snow's Works, Snow's Contemporaries, Interpretive Studies, and the Bibliography section are displayed from KORA and searchable through the online Document Search. Peter Vinten-Johansen controls the content of the site.

KORA was created and is administered by MATRIX Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences.

About John Snow

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Cholera, Chloroform, and the Science of Medicine

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Snow's Works

Snow's Publications and Medical Society Presentations & Comments