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 ack 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.
" he American Plague " reveals the true tal of yellow fever, recounting Memphis, Tennessee 's near-destruction and resurrection from the epidemic-and the four en who changed medical history with their battle against an invisible foe that remains a threat to this very day.
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The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History
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Published November 7th 2006 by Berkley Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2006

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The subtitle is " The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, The Epidemic That Shaped Our History. " Actually, one of my friends in the group lent me her copy so I felt oblige to look at it.When I finally egan reading it, I ould hardl put it down!

Parts One and Two, which describe the yellow fever outbrea in Memphis, are fascinating!

Having toured Elmwood Cemetary several times, I 've heard a lot of novel about the yellow fever outbrea in 1878 that nearly wiped Memphis off the map, but I have a uch better understanding of it after reading his ook.

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Also successive cases that plagued the southern US ( and even northern areas in warm summer months) and the need for research into what was causing this disease.2) the US Army 's Yellow Fever Commission in Cuba, and the scientists that worked to prove the mosquito as vector theory proposed by Carlos Finlay twenty years earlier.

3) the after-effects: prevention through public health information, public works implementation, urban planning and sanitation, finding a vaccine, an African origin point, and he looming hreat of viral mutation/adaptation and more yellow fever cases worldwide ( including a 2002 case of a south Texas man) .The book was interesting, both in its cultural and scientific history.

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Similarly, I disliked that she mus ave either stuck to the science bits or the history bits, or made the book twice as long.

In others, I asked a nove to be all about the Memphis epidemic.

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Another is interestin story, but very poorly written.

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One of many examples: A virus is one of the smallest beings in evolution 's survival of the fittest, mutating and coalescing in order to hrive, its ultimate goal being epidemic.To begin with, there are problems with the phrase survival of the fittest, as it is commonly interpreted by the lay reader to mean survival of the strongest, which is obviously what Darwin intended at all.

Coalescing has no scientific meaning, and just feeds nicely into the " ultimate goal " phrase, which is, of course, ridiculous, as viruses do not have goals.

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