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The Resource Typhoid Mary : captive to the public's health, Judith Walzer Leavitt

Typhoid Mary : captive to the public's health, Judith Walzer Leavitt

Label
Typhoid Mary : captive to the public's health
Title
Typhoid Mary
Title remainder
captive to the public's health
Statement of responsibility
Judith Walzer Leavitt
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In this book, historian Judith Walzer Leavitt tells the remarkable story of Mary Mallon, the woman known as "Typhoid Mary." Combining social history with biography, Leavitt brings to life early-twentieth-century New York City, a world of strict class divisions and prejudice against immigrants and women. She re-creates the excitement of the early days of microbiology and explores the conflicting perspectives of journalists, public health officials, the law, and Mary Mallon herself." "Mary Mallon was the first healthy carrier of typhoid to be carefully traced in North America, but there were other healthy carriers - over 400 in New York City alone by the 1930s - whose treatment was much less harsh. Why did Mallon's case turn out as it did? As Leavitt shows, the answers have to do with popular prejudices as well as with the legal dimensions of Mallon's case. By exploring the many contexts for Mallon's experience, Leavitt provides a rich and many-layered chronicle of a woman's personal tragedy and a society's dilemma. She also explores the continuing cultural significance of Typhoid Mary, describing the ways Mallon's story has been reinterpreted in fiction, drama, and historians' narratives up to the present."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Leavitt, Judith Walzer
Dewey number
614.5/112/097471
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
RA644.T8
LC item number
L43 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Typhoid Mary
  • Typhoid fever
  • Quarantine
Label
Typhoid Mary : captive to the public's health, Judith Walzer Leavitt
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 256-320) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A special guest of the City of New York -- The rigorous spirit of science: the triumph of bacteriology -- Extraordinary and even arbitrary powers: public health policy -- A menace to the community: law and the limits of liberty -- She walked more like a man than a woman: social expectations and prejudice -- This human culture tube: media and the cultural construction of "Typhoid Mary" -- Banished like a leper: loss of liberty and personal misfortune -- Misbegotten Mary: the stories continue -- A square deal for public health -- Events in Mary Mallon's life
Control code
365954
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 331 pages
Isbn
9780807021026
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
95043486
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 365954
  • (Sirsi) 365954
  • (OCoLC)33334918
Label
Typhoid Mary : captive to the public's health, Judith Walzer Leavitt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 256-320) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A special guest of the City of New York -- The rigorous spirit of science: the triumph of bacteriology -- Extraordinary and even arbitrary powers: public health policy -- A menace to the community: law and the limits of liberty -- She walked more like a man than a woman: social expectations and prejudice -- This human culture tube: media and the cultural construction of "Typhoid Mary" -- Banished like a leper: loss of liberty and personal misfortune -- Misbegotten Mary: the stories continue -- A square deal for public health -- Events in Mary Mallon's life
Control code
365954
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 331 pages
Isbn
9780807021026
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
95043486
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 365954
  • (Sirsi) 365954
  • (OCoLC)33334918

Library Locations

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