The American Plague

The American Plague

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

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780425212028
0425212025
Branch Call Number: 614.541
Characteristics: viii, 308 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 24 cm.

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lpylesco Feb 29, 2012

I enjoyed this book tremendously. I was very impressed with how she described the images and scenes of this historical era. Her writing style captures that emotional and personal element not present in a stoicly dry history book and enables one to experience the book almost as if one were there. I am reserving her 2nd book today!

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