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Quarantine!: East European Jewish Immigrants and the New York City Epidemics of 1892

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In Quarantine! Howard Markel traces the course of the typhus and cholera epidemics that swept through New York City in 1892. The story is told from the point of view of those involvedthe public health doctors who diagnosed and treated the victims, the newspaper reporters who covered the stories, the government officials who established and enforced policy, and, most ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published April 26th 1999 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published May 14th 1997)
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Ashley
This book disappointed me. However, it could have been a question of my expectations going into it. Markel is a practicing physician and his analysis of typhoid and cholera is excellent. His take on the relationship between race and/or ethnicity, immigration, and health policy feels hallow compared to other work. He does not, for example, investigate how 19th century Americans understood human rights-- which seems to be the framework he at least implicitly employs to critique the actions NYC's ...more
Rick Elinson
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Markel concentrates on two epidemics in New York City in 1892 - typhus and cholera. He shows the interplay between medical knowledge, public health measures, societal prejudices, and immigration. Although occasionally repetitive, the well-researched account weaves together these strands. "Quarantine" is particularly relevant in fall 2014 with the twin concerns of Ebola and immigration reform in the headlines.
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most of the people in my class complained that it was dry but I liked it. It's date and fact based and reads like a normal non-fiction history book. It was repetitive though
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Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., is the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine, professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, professor of psychiatry, and director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan. His books include the award- winning Quarantine! and When Germs Travel. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The New ...more

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