Wealhtheow's Reviews > The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History

The American Plague by Molly Caldwell Crosby
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
76129
's review
Jun 25, 09

it was ok
bookshelves: historical, science, health
Read in June, 2009

During a single summer in 1878, yellow fever killed more people in Memphis than the Chicago fire, the San Francisco earthquake, and the Johnstown flood combined. Memphis was turned into a city of corpses. Scientists, doctors, nuns--no one knew how to turn back the tide of disease. There was no known cause, no known treatment, and certainly no cure or prevention. Crosby does a passable job evoking the feelings and political implications of the epidemic, but falls apart when it comes to scientific writing.
flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The American Plague.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

06/03/2009 page 158
51.3% "Ye gods this author can hardly write English. Very distracting!"

No comments have been added yet.