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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 Plaguereveals 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.
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Full title american plague the untold story of yellow fever the epidemic that shaped our history
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In this account, a journalist traces the course of yellow fever, stopping in 1878 Memphis to "vividly [evoke] the Faulkner-meets-'Dawn of the Dead' horrors,"

  • -and moving on to today's strain of the killer virus.Over the course of history, yellow fever has paralyzed governments, halted commerce, quarantined cities, moved the U.S. capital, and altered the outcome of wars. During a single summer in Memphis alone, it cost more lives than the Chicago fire, the San Francisco earthquake, and the Johnstown flood combined.In 1900, the U.S. sent three doctors to Cuba to discover how yellow fever was spread. There, they launched one of history's most controversial human studies. Compelling and terrifying, The American Plague depicts the story of yellow fever and its reign in this country-and in Africa, where even today it strikes thousands every year. With "arresting tales of heroism,"
  • it is a story as much about the nature of human beings as it is about the nature of disease.
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    subject_facet Physical fitness -- Health aspects, Yellow fever -- History, Yellow fever -- Tennessee -- Memphis -- History
    title_display The American plague : the untold story of yellow fever, the epidemic that shaped our history
    title_full The American Plague The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic That Shaped Our History, The American Plague The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History, The American plague : the untold story of yellow fever, the epidemic that shaped our history / Molly Caldwell Crosby, The American plague : the untold story of yellow fever, the epidemic that shaped our history [electronic resource] / Molly Caldwell Crosby
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