Book Review: The Ghost Map, by Steven Johnson

Non-Fiction Fun

The Ghost Map

Who knew that human waste and drinking water don’t mix? Not Londoners in 1854, where a contaminated well led to a deadly cholera outbreak. Two men – a doctor and a minister – followed two very different paths to figure out where the disease had come from and how to stop it. Spoiler: it wasn’t “miasma;” the conventional wisdom at the time that illness was caused by a fog of bad air around the poor. A fascinating look at Victorian epidemiology, and one of my favorite non-fiction books.

-Signing off, Kit Gette (who is very grateful for modern medicine)

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