The Ghost Map


If you enjoy non-fiction, try The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. Johnson vividly describes the conditions in Victorian London that led to the cholera epidemic of 1854. The book describes the work of Dr. John Snow and Rev. Henry Whitehead, who challenged the “miasma theory” that diseases such as cholera or the Black Death were caused by pollution or “bad air”. Intertwined with the story of Dr. Snow’s “mapping” of the cholera deaths are Florence Nightingale and the birth of Queen Victoria’s 8th child. It’s a book with lots of interesting facts, people, and comparisons with 21st century living.

~Review by Judy Kisby