In the seventeenth century, a map of the plague suggested a radical idea—that the disease was carried and spread by humans. In the nineteenth century, maps of cholera cases were used to prove its waterborne nature. More recently, maps charting the swine flu pandemic caused worldwide panic and sent shockwaves through the medical community. In Disease Maps, Tom Koch contends that to understand epidemics and their history we need to think about maps of varying scale, from the individual body to shared symptoms evidenced across cities, nations, and the world.
Disease Maps begins with a brief review of epidemic mapping today and a detailed example of its power. Koch then traces the early history of medical cartography, including pandemics such as European plague and yellow fever, and the advancements in anatomy, printing, and world atlases that paved the way for their mapping. Moving on to the scourge of the nineteenth century—cholera—Koch considers the many choleras argued into existence by the maps of the day, including a new perspective on John Snow’s science and legacy. Finally, Koch addresses contemporary outbreaks such as AIDS, cancer, and H1N1, and reaches into the future, toward the coming epidemics. Ultimately, Disease Maps redefines conventional medical history with new surgical precision, revealing that only in maps do patterns emerge that allow disease theories to be proposed, hypotheses tested, and treatments advanced.
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About the Author
Tom Koch is adjunct professor of medical geography at the University of British Columbia; director of Information Outreach, Ltd.; and a prolific writer, researcher, and public speaker specializing in the fields of, gerontology, bioethics, medical cartography and public health. He is the author of fifteen books, including most recently Cartographies of Disease.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Part I. The Idea That Is Disease
Chapter 1. Moving Forward: Cartographies of Disease
Chapter 2. Mapping Symptoms, Making Disease
Chapter 3. Body and World: The Sixteenth Century
Chapter 4. Diseases in Cities: The Neighborhoods of Plague
Chapter 5. The Yellow Fever Thing
Part II. Cholera: The Exemplar
Chapter 6. “Asiatic Cholera”: India and Then the World
Chapter 7. Bureaucratic Cholera
Chapter 8. John Snow’s Cholera
Chapter 9. South London Choleras: William Farr, John Snow, and John Simon
Chapter 10. Choleric Broad Street: The Neighborhood Disease
Chapter 11. Cholera, the Exemplar
Part III. The Legacy and Its Future
Chapter 12. Cancer as Cholera
Notes on the Illustrations
Works Cited and ConsultedIndex
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One would expect a book entitled Disease Maps would be a book full of maps with appropriate commentary. Instead this is a book full of commentary about maps, some of which are illustrated. Many maps are described but not illustrated.Unfortunately, most of the maps included are far too small to read, even with a magnifying glass. Some enlarged inserts are included, but one insert asking the reader to compare Copenhagen and London with German cities shows only the German cities.There are also numerous typos such as "1855 to 1805" (should be "1755 to 1805") and one map of India is captioned as being of England.This book should have been a much larger format, in order to reproduce the maps at a better scale, and should have included all the maps described.I am a lover of maps, not diseases, and so am very disappointed in this volume.