Epidemiologists study who is getting sick, what is making them sick, and how sick they are getting - Mr. Epidemiologist


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There have been many breakthroughs made off the blood and sweat of Epidemiologists. They have been at the forefront of eradicating polio, smallpox, reducing deaths from cholera and even detecting thalidomide as a teratogen.

But we will start at the beginning with the first Epidemiologist, John Snow.

John Snow was a British physician, born on the 15th of March, 1813. Born in one of the poorest regions of York in the United Kingdom, John Snow apprenticed as a surgeon, before becoming a physician in 1850 and moving to London.

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