John Snow was born in York on March 15th, 1813, the oldest of nine children.
His father worked as a
laborer. While poor, his parents were determined to give their children whatever educational opportunities they could afford. He was educated at a private school in his native city until the age of fourteen, when he was apprenticed(当学徒) to William Hardcastle, a surgeon(外科医生) living at Newcastle-on-Tyne.
After serving for a short time as a surgeon and unqualified assistant during the cholera epidemic of 1831-1982, he became in October 1836 a student at the Hunterian School of medicine in Great Windmill Street, London. He began to attend the medical practice at the Westminster Hospital in the following October.
He graduated M.D. of the University of London on 20 Dec. 1844, and in 1850 he was admitted a licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians.
Dr. Snow was also a prominent anesthesiologist(麻醉师)
He designed a chloroform inhaler(氯仿吸入器), described in his book, On Chloroform and other Anesthetics, published in 1858. What else was he famous for?
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