The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--And How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
Trust Steven Johnson to put an intriguing and unconventional spin on a well-known story! The nimble-minded nonfiction writer who dazzled us in Emergence, Mind Wide Open, and Everything Bad Is Good for You now parses a storied incident from the annals of public health -- the Broad Street cholera... show more
Trust Steven Johnson to put an intriguing and unconventional spin on a well-known story! The nimble-minded nonfiction writer who dazzled us in Emergence, Mind Wide Open, and Everything Bad Is Good for You now parses a storied incident from the annals of public health -- the Broad Street cholera epidemic of 1854, a deadly outbreak that literally decimated London's population in eight days. At the center of the story stand two heroic figures: Reverend Henry Whitehead and Dr. John Snow, whose combined efforts in mapping the disease solved the mystery of how cholera spreads and created a model of information design with wide-ranging implications. Using historical narrative as a scaffolding for some of his famously big ideas, Johnson shows how this story from Victorian times offers lessons for modern cities facing a host of problems -- from urban sprawl to environmental crises and the threat of bio-terrorism.
Publish date: December 1st 2006
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Pages no: 299
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, History Of Science
Follows a cholera epidemic in London through a doctor and a minister. Interesting but at times I had to re-read parts to understand what he was explaining. I liked the research of the doctor and the minister to track down where the cholera started and to keep it from spreading or recurring. Also enj...
Some of the things we know now about medicine—hygiene prevents illness, the four humours are bunk, mercury doesn't cure anything—seem so simple that medical history would be laughable if it hadn't been so deadly. It's easy to forget that it took us thousands of years to get to where we are. Steven J...
bookshelves: history, sciences, plague-disease, nonfiction Read in August, 2008 Broadwick Street showing the John Snow memorial and pubSnow was a skeptic of the then-dominant miasma theory that stated held that diseases such as cholera or the Black Death were caused by pollution or a noxious for...
I first learned about the 1854 Broad Street cholera epidemic when I listened to Documents that Changed the World podcasts: John Snow’s Cholera Map, 1854. This podcast was narrated by my friend and former colleague Andy. I believe that this podcast, as well as others in this series are available on...
I had to read this for one of my classes at university. It's about the cholera outbreak in London when they figured out how cholera was spread, and the 2 guys who figured it out. It was very dryly written, but many aspects of the book were fascinating. The problem was that Johnson would go off topic...