While this book is not likely to make any bestseller lists (unless Hollywood takes up my suggestion and makes the film version), it is a worthy addition to the libraries of those who study the history of medicine and health communications (and perhaps even future film buffs).
Chronicling a 1793 health emergency in what was then the US capital, Estes (pharmacology, Boston U. School of Medicine) and Smith (history, Montana State U.) lead ten contributors in portraying the social and medical history of 18th-century urban America. The panicked public response to this epidemic--"A Total Dissolution of the Bonds of Society" per one essay--is relevant to contemporary public health issues like AIDS. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.