From the list on how epidemics relate to bigger narratives.
Who am I?
I began college as a science major, but then switched to literature from a minor to my major. In graduate school, as I worked on my dissertation (which became my first book), I found that metaphors of the body and health were everywhere in the literary field in the mid-nineteenth century. Suffice it to say that the sciences, including the rapid development of modern medicine, are both fundamental to this period and deeply shape its literary culture. In Mapping the Victorian Social Body, I became fascinated with the history of data visualization. Disease mapping completely transformed the ways we understand space and how our bodies exist within it.
Pamela's book list on how epidemics relate to bigger narratives
Discover why each book is one of Pamela's favorite books.
Why did Pamela love this book?
For those who want to know more about the famous John Snow map, this is the perfect deep dive. It also tells us more about the relationship between Snow and Henry Whitehead. I find that too often histories of science focus on scientists in isolation; this clarifies the significance of Whitehead, a clergyman, to the reception of Snow’s ideas. Written for a broader audience than the academic, and with an engaging, pacy narrative, it is still deeply researched and responsibly told.
The Ghost Map
Why should I read it?
3 authors picked The Ghost Map as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
A National Bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and an Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year
It's the summer of 1854, and London is just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world. But lacking the infrastructure-garbage removal, clean water, sewers-necessary to support its rapidly expanding population, the city has become the perfect breeding ground for a terrifying disease no one knows how to cure. As the cholera outbreak takes hold, a physician and a local curate are spurred to action-and ultimately solve the most pressing medical riddle of their time.
In a triumph of…