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Pat Frade


Outstanding, Young Adult, Julie Chibbaro, Jean-Marc Superville Sovak, Epidemiology, Typhoid Fever, Typhoid Mary

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Book Review


New York City in 1906 many people were falling ill and dying of typhoid fever. Sixteen-year-old Prudence Galewski decides to leave school and finds a job to support her mother and herself. She gains employment with the Department of Health and Sanitation where she is an assistant to Mr. Soper, the sanitation engineer. Mr. Soper is trying to determine how typhoid is spread, and as Prudence types up Mr. Soper’s notes it is concluded that many cases had one common element—a cook. The department tracks down the cook, Mary Mallon, and declares her a healthy carrier of the typhoid fever, known as Typhoid Mary. As Prudence works with Mr. Soper, she discovers a sense of purpose and a desire to learn more about medicine.