The Atlas of Disease gives a unique perspective on how epidemics have spread throughout history, from the fourteenth-century plague that devastated Europe and the lethal outbreaks of cholera in the nineteenth century, right up to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and the catastrophic spread of zika in Brazil. Interweaving new maps based on the latest available data with historical charts alongside intriguing, often unsettling, contemporary illustrations, this extraordinary book plots the course of some of the most virulent and deadly pandemics around the world. Discover how diseases have changed the course of history, stimulated advances in medicine and how mapping has played a key role in prevention and cure, shaping countless lives.
Sandra Hempel is an esteemed medical journalist who has written for many newspapers and journals, including The Times, The Guardian and The Lancet. Her previous books include The Medical Detective: John Snow, Cholera and the Mystery of the Broad Street Pump, which won the British Medical Association's prize for the public understanding of science, and The Inheritor's Powder: A Cautionary Tale of Poison, Betrayal and Greed, which was serialised on Radio 4 as Book of the Week.