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Deadly by Julie Chibbaro
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Jun 11, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: ncbla
Read in June, 2011

Medical mysteries are intriguing, and this one, told through a series of letters and journal entries, has much to offer even though most of the mystery is solved during the first half of the book. Prudence Galewski, 16, leaves her vocational school in order to take a job working in the Department of Health and Sanitation on New York City. One of the first cases with which she is involved focuses on finding out the cause of an outbreak of typhus in the city. The author provides wonderful descriptions of the city and of all of the characters and even evokes sympathy for the woman at the center of the illness, Mary Malone. This book covers issues of gender and social class as well as touching on medical ethics and discriminatory attitudes toward immigrants. Although I wanted to race through the book to find out what happened, I also was forced to slow down at points to marvel at the author's craft and exact way of describing Prudence's emotions and thought processes.
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