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Typhoid Mary : Captive To the Public's Health (96 Edition)

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She was an Irish immigrant cook. Between 1900 and 1907, she infected twenty-two New Yorkers with typhoid fever through her puddings and cakes; one of them died. Tracked down through epidemiological detective work, she was finally apprehended as she hid behind a barricade of trashcans. To protect the public's health, authorities isolated her on Manhattan's North Brother Island, where she died some thirty years later.

This book tells the remarkable story of Mary Mallon--the real Typhoid Mary. Combining social history with biography, historian Judith Leavitt re-creates early-twentieth-century New York City, a world of strict class divisions and prejudice against immigrants and women. Leavitt engages the reader with the excitement of the early days of microbiology and brings to life the conflicting perspectives of journalists, public health officials, the law, and Mary Mallon herself.

Leavitt's readable account illuminates dilemmas that continue to haunt us. To what degree are we willing to sacrifice individual liberty to protect the public's health? How far should we go in the age of AIDS, drug-resistant tuberculosis, and other diseases? For anyone who is concerned about the threats and quandaries posed by new epidemics, Typhoid Mary is a vivid reminder of the human side of disease and disease control.

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The real Typhoid Mary was an Irish immigrant cook who infected some twenty-two New Yorkers with typhoid fever before she was traced, caught, and exiled for life. "Resurrecting forgotten history, Judith Leavitt raises an alarm that is much needed in this day of AIDS". PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.

About the Author

Judith Walzer Leavitt is professor in the departments of History of Medicine and of Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She is author of Brought to Bed: Childbearing in America (1986).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807021033
Author:
Leavitt, Judith Walzer
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Public Health
Subject:
General science
Subject:
History
Subject:
Typhoid fever
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Health and Medicine-History of Medicine
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
July 1997
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 1.175 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The real Typhoid Mary was an Irish immigrant cook who infected some twenty-two New Yorkers with typhoid fever before she was traced, caught, and exiled for life. "Resurrecting forgotten history, Judith Leavitt raises an alarm that is much needed in this day of AIDS". PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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