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Disease and History [electronic resource]: Typhoid Mary and the Search for Perfect Control

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This workshop looks at the history of infectious disease in America with a special focus on typhoid, diphtheria, and polio. Explores how these infections were conquered by medical research and public health regulation. With the aid of contemporary medical journal articles and New York City health records, the onscreen participants investigate the medical and civil liberties issues exemplified by the case of Typhoid Mary Mallon. Facing off as either Board of Health officials or friends of Mary Mallon, workshop participants debate the typhoid carrier's fate.
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2001