The Ghost Map - Tuesday, September 5: All Smell Is Disease Summary & Analysis

Steven Johnson
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Henry Whitehead began to feel that there was hope. He had tended to several people who recovered from the disease. A delegation from the General Board of Health led by its new president, Sir Benjamin Hall, visited the Golden Square area. The Board observed that the outbreak of new cases may have diminished a bit but the disease was still taking lives at a breakneck rate.

The tragic irony was that while Snow worked tirelessly to prove his waterborne theory the Board of Health was, at the same time, enacting practices that would deliver cholera bacteria directly to the mouths of Londoners. The death toll from cholera followed the same trend line as the growing amount of waste that was being deposited into the river. By the end of the outbreak, 15,000 Londoners had died from the disease. Why did...

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