HANDLE OF THE BROAD STREET PUMP

Dr. John Snow is credited with taking bold action when he sensed that contaminated water from the public pump on Broad Street was the cause of deadly cholera during the 1854 outbreak in London.  Here is what he wrote of his legendary action on September 7, 1854.

“I had an interview with the Board of Guardians of St. James’s parish, on the evening of Thursday, 7th September, and represented the above circumstances to them. In consequence of what I said, the handle of the pump was removed on the following day.” 

       – John Snow in his 1855 book

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