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The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--And How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged


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  • Publisher: Tantor; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (Dec 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400152984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400152988
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 1.4 x 0.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #424,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Buyer on Jan. 2 2012
Format: Paperback
I thought this was a great book, and was well researched. It provided deep insight into Dr. Snow's research on the Cholera epidemics of London, but I found it to be quite repetitive. The last 2 chapters or so are basically reiterations of what was already said and I found myself skipping many pages in this last section. Otherwise, a great read for any epidemiologist, scientist, or anyone interested in public health or history.
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By Daya Varma on May 18 2014
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A vivid description of London cholera and the state of poverty in Britain in nineteenth century. I am writing a book on the effect of British rule on healthcare in India and the book provided some additional information..
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I found this book to be most interesting. I learned a great deal about the development of safe cities. I am amazed at how, only 160 years ago, the London sewers were built to solve the problem of clean drinking water in an urban centre...certainly one of the great achievements of the 19th century. I worry not that with our dwindling resources and the lack of support for science we will not be able to punter the threats that plague us.
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The time of Victoria and Dickens, London's sky's are grey, the Thames a cesspool and in a tiny street in SOHO a baby dies. Western medicine is unable to save or even find the cause of the disease.
One doctor and one cleric create a new method and proof to stop the death toll from rising.
Enjoyable read, full of local London history and lessons for modern cities.
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This is a fascinating book on an 1854 cholera outbreak in London's Soho district and the investigation into that outbreak by a medical doctor (who was also a pioneering anesthetist - a very interesting story within the main story) and a local Church of England parish vicar.

The investigation proved that cholera was transmitted by water and not through the stench of London, known as "miasma" in the scientific parlance of the day. It also created a new way of mapping disease outbreaks that is still used today.

The book is well written and engrossing from start to finish. It's an excellent book telling a fascinating true story of scientific investigation. Highly recommended.

And the audio book is very well done if you're inclined toward the audio book version.

I have only one criticism of this book and that's the ending, which strays into forecasting the future. Some of the forecasts the author makes seem a bit of a stretch. But on the historical story and the historical evidence, this book is excellent.
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The Ghost Map is a very readable book and I enjoyed the first half, which was actually about cholera in Victorian London. Information about conditions in the city and reactions to disease was expected, and the partnership of Snow and Whitehead was an interesting bonus. But the second half of the book became repetitive and wandered off to post 9/11 New York. I appreciate the city model/expanding population connection to London 150 years ago, but I didn't pick up The Ghost Map to read so much about bombs, H5N1, and other potential disasters of the modern American city.
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