Sandra Hempel

Sandra Hempel has been a journalist for most of her career, specialising for the past 20 years in health and social issues. Her first book, The Medical Detective, published by Granta, tells the story of the Victorian doctor John Snow, who discovered how the killer disease cholera was being spread, and charts his fight to gain acceptance for his ideas. It won the Medical Journalists’ Association book prize and the British Medical Association’s prize for the public understanding of science. Her second book, The Inheritor’s Powder, about arsenic poisoning in the 19th century is to be published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in April 2013.