I have previously posted the submitted text of this review on A Medical Education, but this is the published text (courtesy of Maren Meinhardt of the TLS)
I previously posted my submitted text of this reviews but, thanks again to Maren Meinhardt, I am herein re-posting the actual published text.
Rupert Wright TAKE ME TO THE SOURCE In search of water 276pp. Harvill Secker. £12.99.
978 1 84655 071 3
Robert D. Morris THE BLUE DEATH Disease, disaster, and the water we drink 310pp. Oneworld Publications. £16.99 (US $14.95).
978 1 85168 575 2
Thales of Miletus (c636-c546 bc), perhaps the earliest identifiable philosopher and scientist, held that “everything is water”. That this was the first philosophical and first scientific statement is no accident; water is central to human existence.
In the West, however, the words of Jake Gittes in Chinatown are apt – “I turned on the faucet, it came out hot and cold, I didn’t think there was a thing to it”. Rupert Wright, who has previously written books about life in the Languedoc region, begins his…
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