They were the so called abandoned victims of the worst natural disaster in french history the devastating heat wave that struck in august 2003 leaving 15000 dead they died alone in paris and its suburbs and were then buried at public expense their bodies unclaimed. Fatal isolation the devastating paris heat wave of 2003 and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle learn more enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. In august of 2003 a severe heat wave descended across france leaving nearly 15000 people dead in its wake 3 like hurricane katrina or the destructive asian tsunami of 2011 frances catastrophic heat wave appears at first glance to have been a natural disaster the unfortunate but unavoidable result of environmental forces beyond human control. Richard c kellers fatal isolation the devastating paris heat wave of 2003 begins fittingly in a cemetery just outside of paris where many of the forgotten of frances most deadly natural catastrophe are buried in telling some of their stories fatal isolation brings to life the roles that health statistics public health institutions and even urban form play in public acts of . Fatal isolation begins in the parisian public cemetery of thiais where roughly a hundred victims of the 2003 paris heat wave who were unclaimed by family were interred at public expense these bodies the lives that once animated them and the welfare state fissures they reveal are the subject of kellers captivating book about la canicule as it is known in colloquial french
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