Typhoid Mary

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Typhoid Mary

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The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.

Typhoid Mary

(Mary Mallon, 1870–1938) unwitting carrier of typhus; suffered 23-year quarantine. [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 354]
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In many respects Mary Mallon and Jane Doe are very different.
A middle-aged, unmarried Irish immigrant, Mary Mallon became known for working as a cook in the homes of wealthy New York families, leaving when her employers contracted typhoid, and denying responsibility.
As a result, during a subsequent outbreak of typhoid in New York City, an ambitious city public health official tracked the source of the infection to Mary Mallon, an Irish immigrant who worked as a professional cook.
In Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public's Health, a very readable, informative and well-written monograph, Judith Leavitt analyzes the meanings of Mary Mallon's (Typhoid Mary's) experiences by examining the perceptions of the medical profession, public health officials, the legal profession, the public, the media and Mary herself.
The tale of Mary Mallon, the woman popularly known as Typhoid Mary, is relatively straightforward.
Terrible Typhoid Mary traces the story of Mary Mallon, an Irish immigrant who worked as a cook on Long Island in the early 1900s.