Terrible Typhoid Mary

Terrible Typhoid Mary

A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America

eBook - 2015
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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"-- provided by publisher.
Publisher: ©2015
Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780544776807
0544776801
Characteristics: 1 online resource (229 pages) : illustrations, facsimiles
Contents: In which Mrs. Warren has a servant problem
In which the Warrens get more than their just "desserts"
In which the usual suspects are questioned
In which an epidemic fighter hunts for a clue
In which the cook rules the kitchen
In which Mary walks more like a man than a woman
In which extraordinary and arbitrary powers are at work
In which Mary fights like a caged lion
In which Mary's bad behavior leads to her doom
In which there's some name calling
In which Mary is banished like a leper
In which Mary Mallon has her day in court
In which Mary learns to keep her germs to herself
In which it takes a squad of sanitary police
In which a weaker spirit might have been broken
Afterword, in which we consider the research and writing of Mary's life.
Summary: "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"-- provided by publisher.

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TrKr Nov 18, 2017

The book successfully brings to life issues surrounding Mary Mellon also known as Typhoid Mary. How did they discover that she was a carrier for typhoid? Was is legal what they did to her once they found out? It is an interesting book, which is filled with details, and it answers these questions and more.

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