Modern history

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

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.

Preface

Monday, August 28 - THE NIGHT-SOIL MEN

Saturday, September 2 - EYES SUNK, LIPS DARK BLUE

Sunday, September 3 - THE INVESTIGATOR

Sunday, September 4 - THAT IS TO SAY, JO HAS NOT YET DIED

Tuesday, September 5 - ALL SMELL IS DISEASE

Wednesday, September 6 - BUILDING THE CASE

Friday, September 8 - THE PUMP HANDLE

Conclusion: THE GHOST MAP

Epilogue: BROAD STREET REVISITED

Appendix: Notes on Further Reading

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