The Medical Detective: John Snow, Cholera and the Mystery of the Broad Street Pump (BOK)

Sandra Hempel

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In 1831, an unknown, horrifying and deadly disease from Asia swept across Continental Europe, killing millions in its path and throwing the medical profession into confusion. Cholera is a killer with little respect for class or wealth. When it arrived in Britain, its repercussions rocked Victorian England - from the filthy lanes of the Sunderland quayside and the squalid streets of Soho, to the great centres of power: the Privy Council, Whitehall and, the Royal Medical Colleges. One man - alone and unrecognised - uncovered the truth behind the pandemic and laid the foundations for the modern, scientific investigation of today's fatal plagues. John Snow was a reclusive doctor, without money or social position, who had the genius to look beyond the conventional wisdom of his day, and work out that cholera was spread through drinking water. The book draws extensively on 19th century medical, political and personal records in order to describe what is both an important breakthrough for medical science and also a dramatic story with a cast of colourful characters, from the heroic to the frighteningly incompetent. The book is also full of fascinating diversions into aspects of medical and social history - from Snow's tending of Queen Victoria in childbirth, to the Dutch microbiologist Leeuwenhoek's deliberately breeding of lice in his socks; and, from Dickensian children's farms to riotous 19th century anaesthesia parties.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Utgitt 2007
Forfatter Sandra Hempel Forlag
Granta books
ISBN 9781862079373 Antall sider 304
Dimensjoner 12,9cm x 19,8cm x 2,1cm Vekt 240 gram
Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd Emner og form European history, Infectious & contagious diseases, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, History of medicine, Epidemiology & medical statistics

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