The Ghost Map
  • Author : Steven Johnson
  • Release Date : 31 January 2008
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Genre : History
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 13 : 9780141915777
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Download or read book entitled The Ghost Map written by Steven Johnson and published by Penguin UK online. This book was released on 31 January 2008 with total pages 320. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In Ghost Map Steven Johnson tells the story of the terrifying cholera epidemic that engulfed London in 1854, and the two unlikely heroes – anaesthetist Doctor John Snow and affable clergyman Reverend Henry Whitehead – who defeated the disease through a combination of local knowledge, scientific research and map-making. In telling their extraordinary story, Johnson also explores a whole world of ideas and connections, from urban terror to microbes, ecosystems to the Great Stink, cultural phenomena to street life. Re-creating a London full of dirt, dust heaps, slaughterhouses and scavengers, Ghost Map is about how huge populations live together, how cities can kill – and how they can save us.