Analysis Of The Book ' The Ghost Map '

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The book review of Steven Johnson 's "The Ghost Map" The story of London 's Most Terrifying Epidemic- And How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World Published by the Penguin Group (USA) Riverhead Books, New York, 2006. ISBN: 978-59448-269-4 EPH: 600 Submitted by: Rational: The book; The Ghost Map, by Steven Berlin Johnson tells the story of how the medical community in Victorian London 150 years ago refused to accept that they faced a cholera outbreaks. The cholera outbreak in London occurred in the year 1854. This story gives the reader a view of how London faced the most terrible epidemic in 19th Century. Also, it shows how Dr. John Snow 's theory of cholera has a positive impact on epidemiology as a field, which has in…show more content…
The widespread of the water made the condition worse. So, to give readers better viewed about this lifestyle, he tells a story of families living there and illustrates how the outbreak took their members lives one by one. As death increases in Soho, a neighborhood that had "been abandoned by the upper classes, perhaps because of — the increasingly crowded and unsanitary conditions," Johnson writes, it became "a hotbed of creativity." As a researcher presents, there were many theories about the causes of cholera in the two camps, Soho and Broad Street, where most cases occurred were largely different. The most common theories were that cholera spread contagiously, passed from person to person like the flu, or that it spread through miasmas, unsanitary spaces, Johnson explain. Dr. Snow and his keen helper in the Soho, Henry Whitehead, "The Ghost Map" gains not one but two heroes. Although Dr. Snow receives praise for solving the cholera outbreaks, John 's remain the reader that Snow 's work relied on Whitehead through data collection and analysis. To solve this mystery both worked together patiently. Both scientists believed that the disease was waterborne. So they worked to prove their hypothesis. Dr. Snow published his theory about the spread of cholera through water, but unfortunately, he could not prove it to the medical establishment. Consequently, he started to search for evidence, gather information and investigate the victim and the place where they were
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