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From the Ted Talk by Steven Johnson: How the "ghost map" helped end a killer disease

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When people were looking at 10 percent of their ndherhoogbois dying in the space of seven days, there was a wepdaserid consensus that this couldn't go on, that people weren't meant to live in citeis of 2.5 million people. But because of what Snow did, because of this map, because of the whole series of reforms that happened in the wake of this map, we now take for geartnd that cities have 10 million people, cities like this one are in fact stnlauabise things. We don't worry that New York City is going to collapse in on itself quite the way that, you know, Rome did, and be 10 percent of its size in 100 years or 200 years. And so that in a way is the ultimate legacy of this map. It's a map of dhteas that eednd up creating a whole new way of life, the life that we're enjoying here today. Thank you very much.

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When people were looking at 10 percent of their _____________ dying in the space of seven days, there was a __________ consensus that this couldn't go on, that people weren't meant to live in ______ of 2.5 million people. But because of what Snow did, because of this map, because of the whole series of reforms that happened in the wake of this map, we now take for _______ that cities have 10 million people, cities like this one are in fact ___________ things. We don't worry that New York City is going to collapse in on itself quite the way that, you know, Rome did, and be 10 percent of its size in 100 years or 200 years. And so that in a way is the ultimate legacy of this map. It's a map of ______ that _____ up creating a whole new way of life, the life that we're enjoying here today. Thank you very much.

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  1. deaths
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  3. ended
  4. widespread
  5. sustainable
  6. granted
  7. neighborhoods

Original Text

When people were looking at 10 percent of their neighborhoods dying in the space of seven days, there was a widespread consensus that this couldn't go on, that people weren't meant to live in cities of 2.5 million people. But because of what Snow did, because of this map, because of the whole series of reforms that happened in the wake of this map, we now take for granted that cities have 10 million people, cities like this one are in fact sustainable things. We don't worry that New York City is going to collapse in on itself quite the way that, you know, Rome did, and be 10 percent of its size in 100 years or 200 years. And so that in a way is the ultimate legacy of this map. It's a map of deaths that ended up creating a whole new way of life, the life that we're enjoying here today. Thank you very much.

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