2000 Professor John Oxford: The search for permafrost and other victims of the 1918 Influenza

The Influenza story has parallels with the search for the origin of many other infections. Cholera, still present in Europe at the turn of the twentieth century, was the subject of huge debate about its origins. Dr John Snow’s methodical approach in the 1850s solved the mystery of its transmission, laying the way open for …

1997 Professor Pennington: E. coli in Scotland- the relevance of John Snow and William Whewell’s consilience of induction

The following paper from Professor Pennington is based on a lecture he gave for the John Snow Society at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in September 1997.The following paper from Professor Pennington is based on a lecture he gave for the John Snow Society at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical …

1995 Dr Sandy Cairncross: Turning the Worm- The Guinea Worm eradication programme

The Manson Lecture Theatre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) was crowded on Wednesday 8th September 1995, with Society members and other interested parties, keen to hear Dr Sandy Cairncross of the LSHTM deliver the third annual Pumphandle Lecture, entitled “Turning the Worm”, on the Guinea Worm eradication programme.The Manson Lecture …

1994 Dr Spence Galbraith: Dr John Snow – Early Life and Later Triumphs

Professor Paul Fine, the Pumphandle President, welcomed members and non-members alike to an overflowing Manson theatre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on Thursday 8th September 1994 to commemorate the 140th anniversary of John Snow’s removal of the pump handle. He introduced the speaker, Dr Spence Galbraith, who founded the Epidemiological Research …

1993 Dr Nick Ward: Global Polio Eradication- a call for action

There was an expectant buzz of excitement around the crowded Manson Lecture Theatre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on Wednesday 8th September 1993. On the bench in front of the audience stood the society’s ceremonial cast iron water pump. There was standing room only as Professor Paul Fine, the Inaugural President, …