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The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most…
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The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic and How It… (original: 2006; edição: 2006)

de Steven Johnson (Autor)

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"An account of the worst cholera outbreak in Victorian London--and an exploration of how Dr. John Snow's solution revolutionized the way we think about disease in cities. In the summer of 1854, a devastating cholera outbreak seized London just as it was emerging as a modern city: more than 2 million people packed into a ten-mile circumference, a hub of travel and commerce, continually pushing the limits of infrastructure that's outdated as soon as it's updated. Author Johnson chronicles Snow's day-by-day efforts as he risked his own life to prove how the epidemic was being spread. When he created the map that traced the pattern of outbreak back to its source, Dr. Snow didn't just solve a pressing medical riddle--he established a precedent for the way modern city-dwellers, city planners, physicians, and public officials think about the spread of disease and the development of the modern urban environment.--From publisher description."--From source other than the Library of Congress… (mais)
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Título:The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
Autores:Steven Johnson (Autor)
Informação:Riverhead Hardcover (2006), Edition: 1, 320 pages
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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 de Steven Johnson (2006)

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Book really gives you an eye-opening view of what life might have been like in mid 19th Century London, and it isn't a good mental image. Imagine a city of over a million, where human waste, animal waste, and garbage all were dumped haphazardly. Medical knowledge and scientific understanding seemingly hadn't advanced very much over the years up to that time, which makes todays medical advances amazing in the relatively short time between then and now. Fascinating description of how a gifted individual doctor, Dr. John Snow, faced with another outbreak of cholera, developed and used sound scientific experimental techniques, was able to overturn the common beliefs held at the time and help clean up London and the cholera epidemic which decimated it. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
I was really impressed by this history of the 1854 cholera outbreak in London. The author started by describing the conditions of the neighborhoods in London at the time. The story of the progression of the outbreak followed by the investigation by two "outsiders" into what caused the outbreak revolutionized (created?) the field of epidemiology. What was even more impressive was how the author, after finishing the history of the outbreak, tied the lessons of the 1854 cities to the modern threats that face cities today and civilization in general.

This book is well worth a read. ( )
  achmorrison | Jul 13, 2021 |
adult nonfiction; science/epidemiology. I thought all the science was interesting, but in the end all of the thorough research and background matter took too long to read. As this is a book about cholera, there is quite a lot of talk about waste products, so if that's not your thing, you definitely won't want to read this. However, if you don't mind and think London's 19th-century sewer system is interesting, you might really enjoy this. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Ten years ago I started on my first Master's degree. At first I fancied myself a history teacher, so I started off with a geography class I had never taken during my undergrad (in the top 5 of most enjoyable classes of my life). One night, our professor briefly touched upon the study of epidemiology, and it promptly blew my mind. My bestie, Kate, was knee-deep in a public health Master's program at the time, and clearly I had no actual understanding of that area of science. I asked her afterwards if she knew about epidemiology, she might be really interested in it, and she responded, "Uhhhh, yeah, Lindsay. That is what public health IS." I felt such a fool, but it makes me laugh every time I think back on it. Kate was the one who recommended this to me all those years ago.

As far as narrative pop-science goes, this is a win all around. Johnson does a delightful job playing to the gross-out factor of cholera's MO juxtaposed against the conditions of an emerging metropolis that had yet to figure out an expedient and safe waste management system. Holy cow. If you absolutely cannot tolerate the idea of reading fabulous scenes of putrescence, this book is not for you. But if you're like me and have a slightly immature and perverse fascination with bodily functions, go forth and revel in the squalor.

And then there's the underlying crusade to debunk the superstitions of the day by introducing nascent epidemiological methods to map and identify the source of the outbreak. For an event that seems so clear now through our now well-ingrained advances in science and technology, it is still every bit as relatable to other modern-day instances of people clinging to superstition and standing in the way of real help and change for the world at large, scientific or otherwise.

I thought I might get bored by the time the author got to the end of the cholera epidemic and there was still so much book left, but I loved just as much the discussion of urban planning, environmental concerns, and the threats of biological and nuclear warfare on an increasingly urban world. That's where shit gets real (no pun intended), and the relative anecdotal quaintness of an epidemic that happened nearly two centuries ago proves every bit as dire now as it did then. It was this final discussion that reminded me of how, just before ultimately settling on getting my second Master's in a wholly different field, I considered studying GIS. And if you think what Johnson talks about in these final pages is terrifying, try talking to a professor of public health who also works at the NGA. Becoming a librarian was a bit more functional of a field for me if I wanted to disseminate information *and not* want to curl up into a corner waiting for the apocalypse. At least for now. :)

Like almost all non-fiction out there, author bias is rampant throughout, which is mostly entertaining and a handful of times eye-roll inducing, but the gist of the book is fab for an overview at how public health works.

TL; DR: Totally recommend this book. Also, great audio.

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Oh yeah, and it counts as my Read Harder Science non-fiction. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
I started reading this book, then remembered that I had it on audio, so I finished with that.

I loved this book! It was a cross between eeeewww-inducing and fascinating. It also made me very, very grateful for the sanitation we have in the developed world. I appreciated the portion at the end of the book that talked about modern epidemics, the potential for modern epidemics, and how we can handle things to hopefully avoid them.

I wouldn't recommend this is you're at all squeamish about reading about bodily functions. ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
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To nonfiction book writers: if you want your book to sell, make huge, dramatic claims with your title and/or subtitle. If you want your book to be a bestseller, you actually have to fulfill those claims. Steven Johnson has done both, again and again.
 

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"An account of the worst cholera outbreak in Victorian London--and an exploration of how Dr. John Snow's solution revolutionized the way we think about disease in cities. In the summer of 1854, a devastating cholera outbreak seized London just as it was emerging as a modern city: more than 2 million people packed into a ten-mile circumference, a hub of travel and commerce, continually pushing the limits of infrastructure that's outdated as soon as it's updated. Author Johnson chronicles Snow's day-by-day efforts as he risked his own life to prove how the epidemic was being spread. When he created the map that traced the pattern of outbreak back to its source, Dr. Snow didn't just solve a pressing medical riddle--he established a precedent for the way modern city-dwellers, city planners, physicians, and public officials think about the spread of disease and the development of the modern urban environment.--From publisher description."--From source other than the Library of Congress

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