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Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the…

Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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This book tells the story of Mary Mallon from the papers of Josphine Baker and George Sober. The book examines why she was the only one who was forcibly quarantined. Was it because she was a woman or her social status as a cook?
  eburger | Jul 26, 2017 |
A young adult sort of biography about a woman who ended up as a phrase in our vocabulary meaning someone who spreads diseases without caring about others. This book while discussing why Mary Mallon ended up with the moniker and how her issues may have happened it also talks about the Health Department and just how much they were legally allowed to do things that would cause an uproar these days. It also gives some background on the people who cause Mary to be incarcerated for most of her life. I felt really sorry for her due to what she went through and how fearful she was of doctors and the "experiments" they did on here. Also, how badly her life was curtailed by fear of illness in that era. ( )
  Diana_Long_Thomas | Jul 16, 2017 |
Very interesting story line that would need some good teaching in order to get a class of young readers engaged.
  joshkraght | Jun 9, 2017 |
The story about Mary Mallon that had been a carrier of the Typhoid disease before the medical field had discovered immunizations or antibiotics.
  pcanoy | May 26, 2017 |
I've heard the term Typhoid Mary as far back as I can remember, but I knew nothing about this infamous person. Even though Mary Mellon was responsible for causing innocent people to become severely sickened and even die, I felt sorry for her. This is a thoroughly researched book and one you'll feel compelled to share so others will really know and understand Mary Mellon.

Little is known about Mary Mallon, other than the unkind term, Typhoid Mary. The facts in this biography, was garnered from case studies and wildly sensational newspaper articles, but the author deftly fills in the gaps with illuminating historical context and lively descriptions of events.

At the turn of the twentieth century, typhoid could swiftly kill thousands, and the public health department would go to great lengths to stave off an epidemic. Once investigators identified Mallon as a healthy carrier and spreader of the disease, she was quarantined and tested against her will. In other words, Mary was imprisoned which raised questions. Can the health department go too far when protecting the public? Why was Mallon locked up but not scores of other healthy carriers who infected far more people? While addressing these questions, Bartoletti also explains the prejudice that led Mallon—a single, lower-class, immigrant woman—to be treated differently, the extent to which yellow journalism had a hand in Mallon’s infamy, and the generalized suspicion of science and medicine. Bartoletti expertly details historical background and contemporary knowledge about disease and public health. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
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What happens when a person's reputation has been forever damaged? With archival photographs and text among other primary sources, this riveting biography of Mary Mallon by the Sibert medalist and Newbery Honor winner Susan Bartoletti looks beyond the tabloid scandal of Mary's controversial life. How she was treated by medical and legal officials reveals a lesser-known story of human and constitutional rights, entangled with the science of pathology and enduring questions about who Mary Mallon really was. How did her name become synonymous with deadly disease? And who is really responsible for the lasting legacy of Typhoid Mary? This thorough exploration includes an author's note, timeline, annotated source notes, and bibliography.

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