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Sir John Simon

Person  Male  Born 10/10/1816  Died 23/7/1904

Categories: Medicine, Social Welfare

Surgeon and public health officer. Born City of London. His name is of French origin which is worth knowing for pronunciation purposes. 1848 appointed the first Medical Officer of Health for London. While sewers were a major concern he also urged reform in many other fields such as: water supply, burial practices, butchering, food adulteration, and housing. In 1855 he became chief health officer for the whole country.

Died at home in Kensington Square. His obituary read: ''He endured, perhaps with too little patience, the constantly recurring pinpricks of official interference.'

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