A collection of five autograph documents, addressed to Dr. Wooldridge, discussing his candidacy for a position at Guyís Hospital, London

SIMON, John (1816-1904)

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London:: [. 86-87]. hardcover. 2. Four stamped, addressed envelopes, posted. Very good. . John Simon was a physician by training, but he is most famous for his dramatic reforms of Londonís public health system, which set the standard for 19th century urban sanitation and health measures. Of the eraís public health advocates, Simon is generally regarded as one of the most influential. He became the City of Londonís first medical officer of health in 1848, and in that capacity issued annual reports that led directly to the Sanitary Act of 1866. This landmark legislation formed the backdrop for industrial hygiene policy and created the first mandatory, universal, and science-based public health law. Simonís involvement here helped transform the issue of public health from a political platform to one rooted in scientific investigation and analysis. His reports also provided impetus for the Public Health Act of 1875, which established a comprehensive sanitary code that evolved and lasted for a century. Simon remained in the city post until 1855, when he was appointed the first medical officer in the kingdomís central government. As such, Simon is credited with being a major force behind the 1858 Medical Reform Act. He used his office to establish a state medical department to oversee public health, solidify the concept of state scientific research, strengthen the existing public vaccination system, and supervise members of the medical profession. Full transcriptions available upon request. Bookseller Inventory #

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