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

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
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Feb 23, 2008

really liked it
Read in April, 2007

A fascinating account of a London doctor's discovery of the cause for cholera transmission. Original thought to be airborne transmission--miasma--he proved that it was spread through fecal contamination of the water supply.

Reinforced my belief in sewers being the foundation of society!

Author does have a rather heavy handed emphasis on John Snow's (the doctor) "brilliance" and willingness to buck conventional wisdom. Reminded me a little of that popular book Freakonomics which I thought spent more time talking about how brilliant the author thinks he is, and less time proving it. But that's another subject.

Anyway, although this is non-fiction, it almost reads like a mystery novel.

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message 1: by Nikki (new)

Nikki I've got to read this book; I love books on epidemiology for some strange reason (since I'm no kind of scientist). Thanks for reminding me about it!

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