Riveting account of the Victorian cholera epidemic and the armchair science that helped unravel both the locus of the disease and the means of transmission. The last chapter, in which Johnson extrapolates some things about cities and epidemics, was especially fascinating and not a little alarming. Very well-written. Highly recommended.At the beginning I had a hard time getting into the book, due to the excessive details. Which were really good and worth reading! It just wasn’t until the historic events began and how Snow and others began to create their theories and began their scientific research I really enjoyed the book and couldn’t put it down. Very worth reading! Loved it!
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What happens when all of the smartest people are all in agreement about the cause of a major public health problem (cholera) and they are all wrong? How does the lone voice get heard in the midst of the loudest, smartest voices? This is a great book if you are interested in solving wicked problems and should be a must read if you work in philanthropy.another good book that tells the story of epidemics and how they affect us and are figured out. Strong book, though the ending and the author’s thoughts on current politics and the possiblities of terrorism and bioterrism left a little to be desired.
Interesting, entertaining read about London’s solution to cholera. Johnson goes beyond that and explores the effects of modern city life through many angles. He does a good job of keeping the tone conversational and not getting bogged down in detail. One of the best non-fiction I’ve read in a while.