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The American Plague by Molly Caldwell Crosby
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Apr 28, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: favorite-historical-fiction

So I read this one on accident. I meant to read the American Plague: Story of the 1793 epidemic that hit Philli (I was confused how the one I was reading could be a Newberry Honor, because it was a little higher level reading than most Newberrys, now I know). This one, however, was a well written, researched and documented book on the 1878 epidemic in Memphis, TN and the research that was done in Cuba that helped to lead to control of the disease. Being married to an epidemiologist, I really appreciated the dedication and sometimes the sacrifice of their own life that so many doctors and scientist put into getting the upper hand of this disease. It is very sobering to realize that humans don't really have viruses beat and really we just have the upper hand right now.
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