A very good and interesting introduction to English life of the ordinary people. The aristocrat's life of ease rested on the shoulders of these people who struggled just to live. The primary reason that country people began to move to the cities was because many estates were converted to sheep farming. See the history of the so-called 'Highland clearances'.
The description of the disposal of human bodies and graveyards in general makes one wonder why cremation was not widespread.
Concerning Johnson's discussion of the scavengers in third world countries, in America, in the 21st Century we still have people who make their living scavenging the streets, highways and dumpsters for metal, such as aluminum cans.
It's interesting that Dr. Snow and the Rev. Whitehead actually interviewed people in the cholera infected areas. The aristocracy generally had no interest in the underclasses.
All in all, The Ghost Map is a document celebrating the triumph of the scientific method versus "everybody knows".
Read it. You may learn something.
Since this book was published in 2006, some sections are now dated.
- Paperback: 299 pages
- Publisher: Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (28 November 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594482691
- ISBN-13: 978-1594482694
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.7 x 20.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 318 g
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