The Ghost Map
Soho District Map, 1856
The Soho District was a quarter square mile tract of London where more than 10,000 people lived in poverty.
It’s many narrow streets were covered with cobblestones, making walking difficult. On either side of the streets were dingy, smoke-stained shops, wood and brick apartment buildings, cowsheds, pig-stys, and slaughterhouses.
Cobblestones are rounded stones set into the street. The bumps in the stones helped horses find traction as they clopped along with carriages or wagons in tow.
- Tharp, B., Vogt, G., Vu, M., Burnett, C., Denk, J., and Moreno, N. (2015) Think Like a Microbiologist. Baylor College of Medicine: Houston.
- Snow, John. (1855). On the Mode of Communication of Cholera, 2nd Ed. London: John Churchill. Illustration modified by M.S. Young, Baylor College of Medicine.
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Students investigate infectious diseases and the immune system, and serve as epidemiologists as they trace the route of the Cholera epidemic in London. (13 activities)
Students investigate microorganisms and the world of epidemiology. (10 activities)