- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; 1 Reprint edition (September 4, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425217752
- ISBN-13: 978-0425217757
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 80 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, The Epidemic That Shaped Our History 1 Reprint Edition
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In a summer of panic and death in 1878, more than half the population of Memphis, Tenn., fled the raging yellow fever epidemic, which finally waned when cooler weather set in. The disease had been transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which came in swarms on ships from the Caribbean or West Africa. This account has a narrower scope than James Dickerson's recent Yellow Fever, focusing on the Memphis tragedy, but journalist Crosby offers a forceful narrative of a disease's ravages and the quest to find its cause and cure. Crosby is particularly good at evoking the horrific conditions in Memphis, "a city of corpses" and rife with illness characterized by high fever, black vomit and hemorrhaging, treated by primitive methods. Crosby also relates arresting tales of heroism, such as how two nuns returned to the quarantined city from a vacation to nurse the victims. The author profiles scientists, some of whom died in their fight to identify the cause of this deadly disease. She also describes more recent outbreaks in Africa: yellow fever is making a frightening comeback despite the existence of a vaccine. Photos. Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers selection. (Nov. 7)
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"Engrossing...Crosby, a journalist, profiles the outbreak as it rips through Memphis, the city hardest hit. A first-rate medical detective drama...It is good to be reminded of the occasional nobility of the human spirit." - New York Times Book Review
"Gripping...highly readable." - Newsweek
"...painstaking investigation is important not just for the sweep of detail but for getting things impeccably right. Whether Crosby is writing about...Memphis, the death of a family in a plantation house in Mississippi or the itinerary of Walter Reed in Havana, she provides meticulous documentation to back up the narrative." - The Commercial Appeal, Memphis
"Through vivid prose and classic storytelling, Crosby seamlessly blends history and science to tell us how yellow fever haunted the nation--and why, if we're not extremely vigilant, it will haunt us again." - Hampton Sides, author of Hellhound on His Trail and Ghost Soldiers
"In her masterful debut, Molly Caldwell Crosby uses rich detail and a stunning cast of characters to bring to vivid life the devastating yellow fever epidemic of 1878...this book captivated me from the first line--and it haunted me long after I'd turned the final page." - Candice Millard, author of Destiny of the Republic and The River of Doubt
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She also provides a lot of inforamtion regarding how the epidemic that struck Memphis and other points up and down the Mississippi River also led to the work of Dr. Walter Reed that led to the understanding the mosquito that can carry disease.
More could be said, but just read the book.