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
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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 turn improved life expectancy and quality in modern cites.
The main characteristic of this story is a fatal bacterium, a huge city, and two gifted but very different men. Johnson started his book by describing the condition of London at that time. He described the great city as a living organism in mid-19th Century Londoners are a huge, careless young with a terrible personal habit. It was a very crowded city and everything was very contaminated. People would throw their waste into cesspools due to lack of a functional sewage system. This habit was practiced mainly by lower class residents who had to deal with poor hygiene, live with poor waste management systems and sewage smells and whose water supply depended on the water pump in Broad…
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