A Melancholy Scene of Devastation: The Public Response to the 1793 Philadelphia Yellow Fever Epidemic / Edition 1

A Melancholy Scene of Devastation: The Public Response to the 1793 Philadelphia Yellow Fever Epidemic / Edition 1

by J. Worth Estes, Billy G. Smith, Billy G. Smith
     
 

In modern America, where the triumph over disease is often taken for granted and yellow fever has ceased to be a menace, it is difficult to appreciate the fear once engendered by this disease. The 1793 Philadelphia yellow fever epidemic was no mere round of sickness but a major public health emergency that paralyzed city functions, halted business and trade, and

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In modern America, where the triumph over disease is often taken for granted and yellow fever has ceased to be a menace, it is difficult to appreciate the fear once engendered by this disease. The 1793 Philadelphia yellow fever epidemic was no mere round of sickness but a major public health emergency that paralyzed city functions, halted business and trade, and caused a breakdown in social institutions. The fever's devastating effect on what was then our nation's capitol is apparent in the grim statistics it left in its wake: more than 17,00 people fled the city for safer environs, nearly 5,000 died, and hundreds of children were orphaned.... The essays in this volume, reflecting recent trends in cultural and social history and the history of medicine, enrich our understanding of the epidemic by investigating in greater detail the city's response and the public's reaction to the crisis. How Philadelphia's various communities responded to the 1793 epidemic is instructive for today's urban societies, increasingly forced to deal with contagions new (AIDS) and old (tuberculosis, venereal disease)...

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881351927
Publisher:
Watson Publishing International
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.91(d)

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