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The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic That Shaped Our History

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Slave ships brought it to America as far back as 1648 and over the centuries, yellow fever epidemics plagued the United States. Carried along the mighty Mississippi River, it ravaged towns from New Orleans to St. Louis. New York City lost 2,000 lives in one year alone. It even forced the nation's capital to relocate from Philadelphia to Washington, DC.

The American Plague reveals the true story of yellow fever, recounting Memphis, Tennessee's near-destruction and resurrection from the epidemic-and the four men who changed medical history with their battle against an invisible foe that remains a threat to this very day.

Review:

"In a summer of panic and death in 1878, more than half the population of Memphis, Tenn., fled the raging yellow fever epidemic, which finally waned when cooler weather set in. The disease had been transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which came in swarms on ships from the Caribbean or West Africa. This account has a narrower scope than James Dickerson's recent Yellow Fever, focusing on the Memphis tragedy, but journalist Crosby offers a forceful narrative of a disease's ravages and the quest to find its cause and cure. Crosby is particularly good at evoking the horrific conditions in Memphis, 'a city of corpses' and rife with illness characterized by high fever, black vomit and hemorrhaging, treated by primitive methods. Crosby also relates arresting tales of heroism, such as how two nuns returned to the quarantined city from a vacation to nurse the victims. The author profiles scientists, some of whom died in their fight to identify the cause of this deadly disease. She also describes more recent outbreaks in Africa: yellow fever is making a frightening comeback despite the existence of a vaccine. Photos. Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers selection. (Nov. 7)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Arriving in Memphis, Tennessee in 1978, Yellow Fever would take the lives of so many Memphians that it threatened the existence of the city itself. Aimed at a general audience, this is a narrative account of the Memphis's experience with the plague which weaves together the historical, scientific, and medical factors that guided the course of the plague and its aftermath.
Annotation 2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Arriving in Memphis, Tennessee in 1978, Yellow Fever would take the lives of so many Memphians that it threatened the existence of the city itself. Aimed at a general audience, this is a narrative account of the Memphis's experience with the plague which weaves together the historical, scientific, and medical factors that guided the course of the plague and its aftermath. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

"The American Plague" reveals the true story of yellow fever, recounting Memphis, Tennessee's near-destruction and resurrection from the epidemic--and the four men who changed medical history with their battle against an invisible foe that remains a threat to this very day.

Synopsis:

A fascinating and shocking historical exposé, The Malaria Project is the story of America's secret mission to combat malaria during World War II—a campaign modeled after a German project which tested experimental drugs on men gone mad from syphilis.

American war planners, foreseeing the tactical need for a malaria drug, recreated the German model, then grew it tenfold. Quickly becoming the biggest and most important medical initiative of the war, the project tasked dozens of the countrys top research scientists and university labs to find a treatment to remedy half a million U.S. troops incapacitated by malaria.

Spearheading the new U.S. effort was Dr. Lowell T. Coggeshall, the son of a poor Indiana farmer whose persistent drive and curiosity led him to become one of the most innovative thinkers in solving the malaria problem. He recruited private corporations, such as today's Squibb and Eli Lilly, and the nations best chemists out of Harvard and Johns Hopkins to make novel compounds that skilled technicians tested on birds. Giants in the field of clinical research, including the future NIH director James Shannon, then tested the drugs on mental health patients and convicted criminals—including infamous murderer Nathan Leopold.

By 1943, a dozen strains of malaria brought home in the veins of sick soldiers were injected into these human guinea pigs for drug studies. After hundreds of trials and many deaths, they found their “magic bullet,” but not in a U.S. laboratory. America 's best weapon against malaria, still used today, was captured in battle from the Nazis. Called chloroquine, it went on to save more lives than any other drug in history.

Karen M. Masterson, a journalist turned malaria researcher, uncovers the complete story behind this dark tale of science, medicine and war. Illuminating, riveting and surprising, The Malaria Project captures the ethical perils of seeking treatments for disease while ignoring the human condition.

Synopsis:

Molly Caldwell Crosby, author of The American Plague and Asleep, once again brings forgotten history to vivid life in an absorbing account of crime and deduction in the early days of the twentieth century.and#160;.and#160;.and#160;.
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Inspector Alfred Ward patrols the cityand#8217;s dark, befogged streets before joining the brand-new division of the Metropolitan Police known as and#147;detectives.and#8221; Ward earns his stripes catching some of the great murderers of Victorian London and, at the height of his career, is asked to turn his forensic talents to finding the missing pearls and the thief who stole them.
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INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS

About the Author

Molly Caldwell Crosby is the national bestselling author of Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic that Remains One of Medicineandrsquo;s Greatest Mysteries and The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic That Shaped Our History, which has been nominated for several awards. Crosby holds a master of arts degree in nonfiction and science writing from Johns Hopkins University and previously worked for National Geographic magazine. Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, Health, and USA Today, among others.and#160;and#160;

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albertj, January 1, 2007 (view all comments by albertj)
I loved this book it was fantastic!
The title really says it all.
it tells the story of the yellow fever at the turn of the twentieth century and how it shaped our country.
it is hard to imagen this devastating disease hit America less than a century ago.
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albertj, January 1, 2007 (view all comments by albertj)
This book was phenomenal!
I read the book for my tenth grade American Studies class, and I loved it.
?The American Plague?, tells the story of the biggest epidemic to hit America in history, yellow fever.
Yellow fever had rampant the nation at the turn of the twentieth century. Thousands of people lives were taken due to this disease. ?Yellow fever cost more lives than the Chicago Fire, San Francisco Earthquake, and the Johnstown Flood combined? as Caldwell puts it.
Yellow fever was a mystery to the people of this era.
The disease first struck Memphis and New Orleans hard, and nearly destroyed the two cities.
Though the majority of this book focuses on the turn of the twentieth century America, it also includes the basic whole history of yellow fever, from its mysterious appearance in the world to the close encountered outbreak in 1996.
?The American Plague? follows scientists, such as Walter Reed, one of the greatest men in medical history, and there work around. Not only does this book follow the lives of the scientist but it also follows the church.
I liked this book because Caldwell brings to life every aspect of this book. I loved how she gave the disease yellow fever a trait of its own. it is hard to imagine that this devastating disease hit America just a century ago.
This book kept me intrigued and entertained for hours. I learned things I never imagined about yellow fever.
---albertj
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425212028
Subtitle:
The U.S. Government's Secret Mission to Find a Miracle Cure
Author:
Crosby, Molly Caldwell
Author:
Masterson, Karen M.
Publisher:
NAL Hardcover
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Diseases - Contagious
Subject:
Yellow fever
Subject:
General Health & Fitness
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Infectious Diseases
Subject:
henrietta lacks
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
November 2006
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
+16-pg photo insert
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.30x6.36x1.13 in. 1.20 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In a summer of panic and death in 1878, more than half the population of Memphis, Tenn., fled the raging yellow fever epidemic, which finally waned when cooler weather set in. The disease had been transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which came in swarms on ships from the Caribbean or West Africa. This account has a narrower scope than James Dickerson's recent Yellow Fever, focusing on the Memphis tragedy, but journalist Crosby offers a forceful narrative of a disease's ravages and the quest to find its cause and cure. Crosby is particularly good at evoking the horrific conditions in Memphis, 'a city of corpses' and rife with illness characterized by high fever, black vomit and hemorrhaging, treated by primitive methods. Crosby also relates arresting tales of heroism, such as how two nuns returned to the quarantined city from a vacation to nurse the victims. The author profiles scientists, some of whom died in their fight to identify the cause of this deadly disease. She also describes more recent outbreaks in Africa: yellow fever is making a frightening comeback despite the existence of a vaccine. Photos. Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers selection. (Nov. 7)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , "The American Plague" reveals the true story of yellow fever, recounting Memphis, Tennessee's near-destruction and resurrection from the epidemic--and the four men who changed medical history with their battle against an invisible foe that remains a threat to this very day.
"Synopsis" by ,
A fascinating and shocking historical exposé, The Malaria Project is the story of America's secret mission to combat malaria during World War II—a campaign modeled after a German project which tested experimental drugs on men gone mad from syphilis.

American war planners, foreseeing the tactical need for a malaria drug, recreated the German model, then grew it tenfold. Quickly becoming the biggest and most important medical initiative of the war, the project tasked dozens of the countrys top research scientists and university labs to find a treatment to remedy half a million U.S. troops incapacitated by malaria.

Spearheading the new U.S. effort was Dr. Lowell T. Coggeshall, the son of a poor Indiana farmer whose persistent drive and curiosity led him to become one of the most innovative thinkers in solving the malaria problem. He recruited private corporations, such as today's Squibb and Eli Lilly, and the nations best chemists out of Harvard and Johns Hopkins to make novel compounds that skilled technicians tested on birds. Giants in the field of clinical research, including the future NIH director James Shannon, then tested the drugs on mental health patients and convicted criminals—including infamous murderer Nathan Leopold.

By 1943, a dozen strains of malaria brought home in the veins of sick soldiers were injected into these human guinea pigs for drug studies. After hundreds of trials and many deaths, they found their “magic bullet,” but not in a U.S. laboratory. America 's best weapon against malaria, still used today, was captured in battle from the Nazis. Called chloroquine, it went on to save more lives than any other drug in history.

Karen M. Masterson, a journalist turned malaria researcher, uncovers the complete story behind this dark tale of science, medicine and war. Illuminating, riveting and surprising, The Malaria Project captures the ethical perils of seeking treatments for disease while ignoring the human condition.

"Synopsis" by ,
Molly Caldwell Crosby, author of The American Plague and Asleep, once again brings forgotten history to vivid life in an absorbing account of crime and deduction in the early days of the twentieth century.and#160;.and#160;.and#160;.
and#160;
In the summer of 1913, under the cover of Londonand#8217;s perpetual smoggy dusk, two brilliant minds are pitted against each otherand#151;a celebrated gentleman thief and a talented Scotland Yard detectiveand#151;in the greatest jewel heist of the new century. An exquisite strand of pale pink pearls, worth more than the Hope Diamond, has been bought by a Hatton Garden broker. Word of the and#147;Mona Lisa of Pearlsand#8221; spreads around the world, captivating jewelers as well as thieves. In transit to London from Paris, the necklace vanishes without a trace.
and#160;
Joseph Grizzard, and#147;the King of Fences,and#8221; is the charming leader of a vast gang of thieves in Londonand#8217;s East End. Grizzard grew up on the streets of Whitechapel during the terror of Jack the Ripper to rise to the top of the criminal world. Wealthy, married, a father, Grizzard still cannot resist the sport of crime, and the pearl necklace proves an irresistible challenge.
and#160;
Inspector Alfred Ward patrols the cityand#8217;s dark, befogged streets before joining the brand-new division of the Metropolitan Police known as and#147;detectives.and#8221; Ward earns his stripes catching some of the great murderers of Victorian London and, at the height of his career, is asked to turn his forensic talents to finding the missing pearls and the thief who stole them.
and#160;
In the spirit of The Great Train Robbery and the tales of Sherlock Holmes, this is the true story of a psychological cat-and-mouse game set against the backdrop of Londonand#8217;s golden Edwardian era. Thoroughly researched, compellingly colorful, The Great Pearl Heist is a gripping narrative account of this little-known, yet extraordinary crime.
and#160;
and#160;
INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS

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