The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
The Ghost Map is the story of how John Snow (no, not the guy from Game of Thrones) and Reverend Henry Whitehead, two budding epidemiologists before epidemiology was cool…or even existed. In 1854, these two men’s investigations helped solve one of the most devastating cholera outbreaks in England’s history .
The book shows how investigation and the scientific method (slowly) solved the cause of the Broadstreet pump and it’s role in the largest cholera outbreak in England’s history. It also has some correlations with many of the anti-science movements that we see today: anti-fluoridation, anti-vaccine, alternative medicine, etc.
This was such a fantastic book that I think everyone should read, if only for some historical context on why modern cities are built the way they are!