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The Ghost Map, Chapter 1
Transcript of The Ghost Map, Chapter 1
Growing Pains: London in 1854
2.5 million residents- largest that the world had seen
Modern urban living with Elizabethan living practices
Waste management consisted of throwing buckets into cesspools
Public Health's Efforts
People believed that the city's smell caused disease
Nuisances act: cesspool waste was to be emptied into Thames
Cholera outbreaks became more frequent
August 28, 1854: baby Lewis contracts Cholera at 40 Broad St in Soho
Lewis family cesspool bordered a popular pump
Disease of the small intestine
Symptoms may not be immediately apparent
Enter John Snow
Argued for years
that Cholera was
around pump to
illustrate his point
During the outbreak, various rumors were circulating about the possible causes of Cholera. Are people today more likely to be able to distinguish fact from fiction? What role does the internet play in our information literacy? Are there any modern 'John Snows' in our society?