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Terry

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  • The Ghost Map

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (220)

    This is a thrilling historical account of the worst cholera outbreak in Victorian London and a brilliant exploration of how Dr. John Snow's solution revolutionized the way we think about disease, cities, science, and the modern world.

    D. Littman says: "a entertaining polymath book"
    "Cholera's desmytification"
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    If you could sum up The Ghost Map in three words, what would they be?

    This tale of John Snow, a researcher who sought the cause of a massive and lethal outbreak of what would ultimately be known as Cholera, in 1850s England, does a fine job of illustrating life and the habits that led to the outbreak, as well as the fear and helplessness of people who lived whilst the scourge was underway. Snow's dogged efforts to locate the origins and "map" the outbreak, as well as his frustrations with public officials, who were slow to move away from erroneous, but more accepted, ideas about the source of cholera, have shaped public health policies for growing cities since. He also helped devise early anesthesia at a time when surgeons worked without it. Given a 4 (4.5 really) for the story because the conclusion gets a bit long. Still, this work is very interesting and we all owe much to Mr. Snow, especially when we sip a refreshing glass of water from the tap.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved that Mr. Snow's work was validated by other scientists. It also was pretty amazing to see someone focus so fully on stopping this disease.


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