Broad Street Pump

A pump used to draw drinking water from the Thames in the London cholera epidemic in 1855
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Snow's survey reinforced his view that the Broad Street pump was the most likely source of the epidemic.
While the article rightly mentioned a greater concentration of population, as well as cases, around the Broad Street pump, Snow was also impressed by a case of cholera in Highgate that seemed to defy his (and the miasmic) theory.
Chancing on this fascinating read for the first time on the van's last visit The Medical Detective plots the story of Cholera from India to the Broad Street pump.
In both cases geographic profiling successfully located the sources of the disease - the Broad Street pump in London, and the breeding habitats of the mosquito Anopheles sergentii in Cairo.
Go to London, and you can see the infamous Broad Street pump, now a memorial to the triumph of medical epidemiology over ignorance and fear.
John Snow, Henry Whitehead, the Broad Street pump, and beginnings of geographical epidemiology.
John Snow's use of early epidemiologic tools to associate cholera deaths with water from the Broad Street pump, Louis Pasteur's development of vaccines, and Robert Koch's discovery of tubercle bacillus and the cholera vibrio all get their deserved attention; Florence Nightingale's use of numerical data to demonstrate improvements in patient hygiene comes as a pleasant surprise.
This year we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the famous Broad Street Pump incident.
On August 31, 1854, London experienced a recurrent epidemic of cholera; Snow suspected water from the Broad Street pump as the source of disease.
Indeed, some of the most profound influences on medicine have arisen from observations from practice: from the days of John Snow and the Broad Street pump (the point source of a cholera epidemic in London in 1854) to Curtis Hames's groundbreaking research in cardiac disease.
The Broad Street pump, whose poisoned waters were famously stopped by Dr John Snow, was at the heart of Rogers' catchment area.
His "grand experiment" in 1854 (comparing cholera deaths in South London households that had consumed contaminated water with those that had not consumed contaminated water) is often considered a classic (2), but the Broad Street pump outbreak is perhaps the more famous historical account and is the subject of Steven Johnson's new book, The Ghost Map.