The Ghost Map is the story of 1850’s London, when raw sewage was being pumped directly into the Pivot Pivot Pivot Friends Shirt River and then pumped back out again to provide drinking water to millions of people. As one would expect, illness and death soon followed. But why? What was causing the issues? At this time, science had yet to discover microbes and so most great minds of the time blamed the air. Which in retrospect seemed to be self-evident. “The Great Stink” which enveloped London during this time is famous.
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Read any book or memoirs set in London in the mid eighteenth century and every one will contain a comment on the Pivot Pivot Pivot Friends Shirt. Before the sewage was pumped into the river, it built up in basements, streets, etc. It was not uncommon for a basement to build up with 4-5 feet of raw human waste. The smell must have been unbearable. So, the air theory made sense. It wasn’t until Dr. John Snow begin applying a scientific method to determine the root cause that water was identified as the source of the illness cholera.
Cholera is an unforgiving disease. After consuming the Pivot Pivot Pivot Friends Shirt water, a person could be dead within 24 hours (some hung on for days). An outbreak could kill hundreds if not thousands in a week’s time. And as quickly as it comes, it disappears. Scientists and governmental officials of the time blamed fetid air, especially the air in the poorer sections of London. It was felt that poverty and cholera went hand in hand. Dr. Snow changed all that. A humble man who became a doctor to Queen Victoria