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John Snow's Behaviorsphere

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The near-legendary narratives of the scientific achievements of John Snow, a pioneer English epidemiologist who famously identified the source of the London's Broad Street pump cholera epidemic in 1854, has a behavioral facet which has not been duly explored by historians of public health. In this article, the story of Snow's investigations into the case of the infamous water pump is used as a backdrop to highlight the disciplinary continuum of psychological and biological events, according to the perspective of J.R. Kantor’s philosophy of interbehaviorism.

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Acknowledgment

Preparation of this article was supported by Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais and Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico. Correspondence should be addressed to João Bosco Jardim, Centro de Pesquisa René Rachou, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Avenida Augusto de Lima 1715, Barro Preto, 30190–002 Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil. E-mail: jardim@cpqrr.fiocruz.br

The author is grateful to Dr. Virgínia T. Schall, Liz Andrade and Katherine Titley for their comments on an earlier version of this article.

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Jardim, J.B. John Snow's Behaviorsphere. Psychol Rec 65, 209–213 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40732-014-0082-3

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Keywords

  • John Snow
  • Behavior
  • Individual history
  • Interbehavioral psychology
  • Interdisciplinary science cooperation