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
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Dec 07, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: historical, science, health

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.

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December 7, 2007 – Shelved
May 25, 2009 – Shelved as: historical
Started Reading
June 1, 2009 – Finished Reading
June 3, 2009 –
page 158
51.3% "Ye gods this author can hardly write English. Very distracting!"
December 1, 2009 – Shelved as: science
May 31, 2010 – Shelved as: health

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