The John Snow Society

The John Snow Society

The John Snow Society aims to promote the life and works of Dr John Snow, the pioneer of epidemiological method and celebrated anaesthetist.

New: the 2014 Broad Sheet + 2014 Pumphandle Lecture

As outlined in the Constitution, the Society has a serious intent, publishing news, collecting facts and dates related to the life and works of John Snow and organising the Annual Pumphandle Lecture Series, but it also aims to provide a communication network for epidemiologists and those trained in the Snow tradition throughout the world.

The Society has almost 3,000 members worldwide, many of them eminent specialists in their fields.

If you are a member who is not receiving the annual Broad Sheet by email and would like to, please let us know your address.

Membership is open to anyone who wishes to celebrate the memory of John Snow. International membership is encouraged, the only requirement being that you visit the John Snow pub - located on the site of the original pump - on any trip to London!

Where's the pump?

Visitors to the site of the 1854 outbreak will notice something missing — the pump monument that has stood on Broadwick Street since 1992 has been removed. It was taken away in late January by contractors because of a major building site on the corner of Broadwick and Poland Streets. The Society has been assured that the pump replica will be replaced when the work is completed, in some 18 months time. We have asked for an image of the pump plus some information to be shown on the hoarding around the adjacent building works and we shall report on progress with this. Meanwhile, if you have a photograph of the pump, with a group or just a good view of the pump, please send it in and the best will be posted as a gallery on the website. We shall be keeping up the pump pressure for its safe return!

The John Snow Pub, Broadwick Street, Soho, London Pink granite slab outside the pub that marks the site of the original pump
The John Snow Pub
Broadwick Street, Soho, London
Pink granite slab outside the pub,
marking the site of the original pump

The John Snow Society is based in the Royal Society for Public Health.