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An American plague : the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 / by Jim Murphy.

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Author/Creator:
Murphy, Jim, 1947-
Language:
English.
Publication date:
2003
Imprint:
New York : Clarion Books, c2003.
Format:
  • Book
  • 165 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 141-153) and index.
Contents:
  • No one noticed
  • "All was not right"
  • Church bells tolling
  • Confusion, distress, and utter desolation
  • "It was our duty"
  • The prince of bleeders
  • "By twelve only"
  • "This unmerciful enemy"
  • "A delicate situation"
  • Improvements and the public gratitude
  • "A modern-day time bomb."
Summary:
It's 1793, and there's an invisible killer roaming the streets of Philadelphia. The city's residents are fleeing in fear. This killer has a name--yellow fever--but everything else about it is a mystery. Its cause is unknown and there is no cure. This powerful dramatic account by award-winning author Jim Murphy traces the devastating course of the epidemic. An American Plague offers a fascinating glimpse into the conditions in American cities at the time of our nation's birth while drawing thought-provoking parallels to modern-day epidemics.
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ISBN:
0395776082
9780395776087

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