Interesting Science Friday show coming up. Great Book too, BTW.
One hundred fifty-some years ago, the London cholera epidemic changed how we fight infectious disease and gave birth to the field of epidemiology. Can the lessons learned from the epidemic help us with modern bioterrorism? Join Ira Flatow in this hour of Science Friday for a look back at the epidemic with author Steven Johnson. His new book ‘The Ghost Map’ looks at the work of pioneering epidemiologist John Snow and the medical detective work that helped stop London’s cholera outbreak.
On a related note, see my post over at Freedom to Tinker “Syndromic Surveillance: 21st Century Data Harvesting.” which discusses one of the components necessary for epidemiologists in the age of 5GW. Too bad, five years after 9/11, the USA still does not have a comprehensive Syndromic Surveillance System…
Note added December 3, 2006: Note that a podcast of the interview is available at the above link, from the Science Friday website.