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Bubonic Panic: When Plague Invaded America
What Reviewers Say:
“Her gripping narrative balances the clock-racing work of scientists and officials attempting to understand and stop the plague with entwined themes of fear, prejudice, and anger.” ~Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Jarrow’s detailed narrative and attention to the stories of the medical figures involved make this compelling reading…The level of research on display is impressive…A richly detailed exploration of a fascinating subject.” ~Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“Thoroughly researched and clearly presented…An informative book on an unusual topic.” ~Booklist
“Jarrow’s latest disease presentation…is appropriately broad in scope, deft in explanations, and sensitive in handling public health issues. A wealth of period and cringeworthy medical illustrations supplement the text.” ~Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Thorough and fascinating, complemented by a handsome book design... The book is an exemplary contribution to the genre of the history of science and medicine.” ~Horn Book
“Jarrow’s skill as a storyteller is superb. The photos, drawings, and interesting layout will keep readers, young and old, engaged and fascinated, turning pages as if reading a thriller.” ~Manhattan Book Review
Typhoid fever is running rampant across America, striking down thousands of people. On a damp March morning in 1907, the dreaded disease pulls together three people at a New York City brownstone. Dr. George Soper, an epidemiologist, has traced an outbreak of typhoid fever to this house. Dr. S. Josephine Baker, a health department medical inspector, has been sent there to confront the suspected typhoid carrier. Mary Mallon, a cook for well-to-do New Yorkers, refuses to talk to either one of them. Her actions that day would lead to a notoriety that has lasted for more than a century.
This true medical detective story unfolds through first-person accounts, newspaper articles, and legal testimony. Illustrated with powerful photographs, period posters and cartoons, and archival documents.
What Reviewers Say:
“A nonfiction page-turner relying upon extensive research and copious source notes, this is a fantastic addition to any library.” ~School Library Journal, Starred Review
“Lively writing uses primary sources to relate well-chosen, sometimes-gruesome details about the disease…This exploration pays tribute to the power of public health measures and raises questions about the ethics of protecting the public by quarantining someone like Mallon.” ~Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“The author’s extensive research results in a compelling narrative about the feared infection and the stubborn Mallon.” ~Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“The writing is lucid, well organized, and informative…Readers who are curious about Typhoid Mary…will find this an absorbing account of what actually happened.” ~Booklist, Starred Review
"Although the book is illustrated with numerous photographs, it’s the words that are the star of this show. Jarrow has written a suspenseful medical mystery for inquisitive readers." ~The Horn Book
“Jarrow follows the tribulation of the disease’s most notorious—and victimized—carrier, Mary Mallon, to reveal just how stubborn an issue public health can be, and how the rights of an individual can conflict with the welfare of the community.” ~Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Recommended
“[Jarrow] provides a wealth of historical and scientific information in a way that never slows the dramatic story…This is a visually compelling book with really terrific period photographs, newspaper articles and intriguing sidebars.” ~The Booklist Reader
”What really makes Jarrow’s book stand out is the writing. Jarrow, as she did in Red Madness, expertly weaves in historical details with scientific information to make this an exciting read.” ~The Nonfiction Detectives
“Reading Jarrow’s book, you see connections between the 1900 typhoid epidemic and our current need for better public health control of Ebola—not to mention the flu, SARS, measles, and other diseases.” ~Sally’s Bookshelf
“Right from the start, this medical history grips the reader and won’t let go.” ~Abby the Librarian
“Her research is impeccable and thorough, and her writing crisp and smart…This book is not to be missed.” ~San Francisco Book Review
The year is 1902. A life-threatening disease called pellagra suddenly breaks out in the United States—“one of the most horrible, pitiful afflictions mankind has ever suffered.” American doctors have never seen it before. They don’t know how to treat or cure it. Even though the disease has struck down people in Europe for at least two centuries, the doctors there don’t have any answers either. Pellagra is a 200-year-old medical mystery.
This is the story of the physicians, researchers, and public health officials who struggled to stop America’s devastating epidemic. The quest involves orphans, dogs, and filth parties. It is marked by dead-ends, false clues, and tragedies. Before the scientific detectives finally succeed in solving this challenging mystery, panic grips the South as more than 3,000,000 people fall ill and tens of thousands die.
Illustrated with dozens of vivid archival photographs, RED MADNESS includes true accounts of pellagra victims and the researchers who fought to save them.
What Reviewers Say:
“The attractive, red-highlighted design, lively narrative and compelling subject matter will resonate with readers.” ~Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“This title is descriptive and well researched, with a striking bold-red color scheme….This is an excellent addition to nonfiction collections in school and public libraries.” ~School Library Journal, Starred Review
“The author’s extensive research turns up personal stories within the story…These individual accounts create an urgent backdrop of suffering and death for the story of the epidemiological quest to find a cause and cure.” ~Publishers Weekly
“This captivating book reads like a detective story…The author’s impeccable research is revealed in the many case histories that portray the suffering people and their lives in vivid word pictures. The story is a wonderful example of how a scientific puzzle is solved. ~National Science Teachers Association Recommended
“Jarrow intersperses plenty of brief case histories and poignant photographs of sufferers throughout the text to keep the human interest angle as compelling as the medical mystery.” ~Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Recommended
“While the book’s main subject is epidemiological, it is also a case study on innumerable social issues of the day…A visually dramatic medical mystery, this is cross-curricular and of high interest.” ~Booklist