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The Ghost Map
The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic—and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
by Steven Johnson
- Language: english
- Publisher: Riverhead Books
- ISBN: 9781594489259 (1594489254)
- Author: Steven Johnson
- Genres: history, science, medicine, medical, historical, health, disease
- Release date: November 1, 2006
- Format: hardcover, 299 pages
About The Book
From Steven Johnson, the dynamic thinker routinely compared to James Gleick, Dava Sobel, and Malcolm Gladwell, The Ghost Map is a riveting page-turner about a real-life historical hero, Dr. John Snow. It’s the summer of 1854, and London is just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world. But lacking the infrastructure — garbage removal, clean water, sewers — necessary to support its rapidly expanding population, the city has become the perfect breeding ground for a terrifying disease no one knows how to cure. As the cholera outbreak takes hold, a physician and a local curate are spurred to action — and ultimately solve the most pressing medical riddle of their time. In a triumph of multidisciplinary thinking, Johnson illuminates the intertwined histories and inter-connectedness of the spread of disease, contagion theory, the rise of cities, and the nature of scientific inquiry, offering both a riveting history and a powerful explanation of how it has shaped the world we live in.
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