The Medical Detective: John Snow and the Mystery of Cholera

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Granta Books, 2006 - Cholera - 306 pages
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Drawing on 19th century medical, political & personal records, this book describes John Snow's discovery that cholera is spread through drinking water. It also includes diversions into aspects of medical & social history - from Snow's tending of Queen Victoria in childbirth, to Leeuwenhoek's deliberate breeding of lice in his socks.

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A fascinating account of the birth of epidemiology, public medicine, and even public sanitation. Very well researched and even better written. Highly recommended! Read full review

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Gripping story well told ( apart from a few digressions here and there). The resistance of the establishment including Florence Nightingale to what appeared so obvious, simple and concrete; namely ... Read full review


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