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

The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World Author Steven Johnson
ISBN-10 1594482691
ISBN-13 9781594482694
Year 2007-10-02
Pages 328
Language English
Publisher Riverhead Books
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A National Bestseller a New York Times Notable Book and an Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year 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 of the spread of disease 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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