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Fatal Fever : Tracking Down Typhoid Mary
by Gail Jarrow


Overview - In March 1907, the lives of three remarkable people collided at a New York City brownstone where Mary Mallon worked as a cook. They were brought together by typhoid fever, a dreaded scourge that killed tens of thousands of Americans each year. Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary is the first middle-grade trade book that tells the true story of the woman who unwittingly spread deadly bacteria, the epidemiologist who discovered her trail of infection, and the health department that decided her fate.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In March 1907, the lives of three remarkable people collided at a New York City brownstone where Mary Mallon worked as a cook. They were brought together by typhoid fever, a dreaded scourge that killed tens of thousands of Americans each year. Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary is the first middle-grade trade book that tells the true story of the woman who unwittingly spread deadly bacteria, the epidemiologist who discovered her trail of infection, and the health department that decided her fate. This gripping story follows this tragic disease as it shatters lives from the early twentieth century to today. It will keep readers on the edges of the seats wondering what happened to Mary and the innocent typhoid victims. With glossary, timeline, list of well-known typhoid sufferers and victims, further resource section, author's note, and source notes.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781620915974
  • ISBN-10: 1620915979
  • Publisher: Calkins Creek Books
  • Publish Date: March 2015
  • Page Count: 192
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-UP
  • Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Health & Daily Living - Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Science & Nature - Discoveries
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > History - United States/20th Century

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-01-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

Jarrow follows Red Madness with a second captivating book in her planned trilogy on deadly diseases. This time the culprit is typhoid fever with the focus on Mary Mallon (aka Typhoid Mary), the infamous Irish immigrant cook who helped spread it in the early 20th century. The author’s extensive research results in a compelling narrative about the feared infection and the stubborn Mallon, who twice ran from officials and was twice banished from New York City. It also weaves her story into that of sanitation engineer George Soper, Dr. S. Josephine Baker, and other public health officials who worked to track her down and improve the conditions under which typhoid thrives: “Scores of outhouses sat on the creek banks. Their contents oozed into the running water and turned the streams into sewers.” Replete with archival photos, this thorough account brings readers to the present day and modern medicine’s fight against what is still a scourge in many countries. The book wraps up with a list of famous typhoid victims (including Orville and Wilbur Wright), glossary, extensive bibliography, and source notes. Ages 10–up. (Mar.)

 
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