As I began researching a very different topic, handwashing, I stumbled upon another Jon Snow (actually John Snow, but close enough!) A team member of ours was the first to introduce me to his legacy, sharing an article she remembered from her college days.
Dr. John Snow was an English physician and pioneer in medical hygiene, as well as the development of anesthesia, and is widely considered to be a founder of modern epidemiology.
Epidemiology is the branch of medicine which deals with the incidence, distribution, and possible control of diseases, so it is more relevant today than ever. The same can be said for handwashing, which is an essential activity in today’s world.
While today it may seem obvious, around 170 years ago when John Snow recommended handwashing and hygiene to prevent cholera, he was hardly taken seriously. In the words of the other Jon Snow, sometimes “we look up at the same stars and see such different things.”