The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World

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Penguin, Oct 19, 2006 - Science - 320 pages
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A National Bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and an Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year

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 interconnectedness 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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User Review  - varielle - LibraryThing

This would be particularly interesting to those of you who pursue scientific methods in analyzing data and events, but if even if you don't have a medical bent The Ghost Map was still an ... Read full review

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User Review  - 3wheeledlibrarian - LibraryThing

I am in the midddle of this book, and, like the other reviewers, I do recommend it, with one objection. The brilliance and determination of John Snow is a very important story. However, it’s probably ... Read full review

Contents

Monday August 28
Saturday September 2
Sunday September 3
Monday September 4
Tuesday September 5
Wednesday September 6
Friday September 8
Conclusion
AUTHORS NOTE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
NOTES ON FURTHER READING
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Steven Johnson is the author of the national bestsellers Everything Bad Is Good for You and Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life, as well as Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software and Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate.

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