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Terrible Typhoid Mary

Terrible Typhoid Mary

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1899: Was Typhoid Mary really the deadliest cook in America?

  • ISBN: 978-0544313675
  • Genre: Crime, Non-Fiction

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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

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Mary Mallon  (1869 – 1938) New York

Mary Mallon was also became known as Typhoid Mary, was an Irish-American cook.

From 1900 to 1907, she worked as a cook in the New York City area for seven families. First of all she took a job in Mamaroneck, New York, where, within two weeks of her employment, residents developed typhoid fever. In 1901, she moved to Manhattan, where the same thing happened. When she moved from that job and went to work for a lawyer; she left after seven of the eight people in that household became ill.

In 1906, she took a position in Oyster Bay, Long Island, and within two weeks 10 of the 11 family members were hospitalized with typhoid. As her role as cook for the family of a wealthy New York banker, who had a summer house in Oyster Bay and six of the 11 people in the house were brought down by typhoid fever.

She was taken to an asylum in North Brother Island  and quarantined so that she was not allowed to communicate to the outside world. She spent a considerable time here and was tested and examined for a whole range of illnesses and symptoms. Most of the time she was put in isolation.

She was the first person in the United States identified as an asymptomatic carrier of the pathogen associated with typhoid fever. She was presumed to have infected 51 people, three of whom died, over the course of her career as a cook.

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

Destination : New York City  Author/Guide: Susan Campbell Bartoletti   Departure Time: 1907 onwards

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