The Epidemic: A Collision of Power, Privilege, and Public Health / Edition 1

The Epidemic: A Collision of Power, Privilege, and Public Health / Edition 1

by David Dekok
     
 

ISBN-10: 0762760087

ISBN-13: 9780762760084

Pub. Date: 02/01/2011

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

The Epidemic tells the story of how a vain and reckless businessman became responsible for a typhoid epidemic in 1903 that devastated Cornell University and the surrounding town of Ithaca, New York. Eighty-two people died, including twenty-nine Cornell students. Protected by influential friends, William T. Morris faced no retribution for this outrage. His legacy

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The Epidemic tells the story of how a vain and reckless businessman became responsible for a typhoid epidemic in 1903 that devastated Cornell University and the surrounding town of Ithaca, New York. Eighty-two people died, including twenty-nine Cornell students. Protected by influential friends, William T. Morris faced no retribution for this outrage. His legacy was a corporation—first known as Associated Gas & Electric Co. and later as General Public Utilities Corp.—that bedeviled America for a century. The Three Mile Island nuclear accident in 1979 was its most notorious historical event, but hardly its only offense against the public interest.The Ithaca epidemic came at a time when engineers knew how to prevent typhoid outbreaks but physicians could not yet cure the disease. Both professions were helpless when it came to stopping a corporate executive who placed profit over the public health. Government was a concerned but helpless bystander. In this emotionally gripping book, David DeKok, a former award-winning investigative reporter and the author of widely praised books on the mine fire that devastated Centralia, Pennsylvania, brings this tragedy home by taking us into the lives of many of those most deeply affected.For modern-day readers acutely aware of the risk of a devastating global pandemic and of the dangers of unrestrained corporate power, The Epidemic provides a riveting look back at a heretofore little-known, frightening episode in America's past that seems all too familiar.Written in the tradition of The Devil in the White City, it is an utterly compelling, thoroughly researched work of narrative history with an edge.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762760084
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,390,303
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Prelude: June 16, 1903 ix

Chapter 1 Ithaca and Its Kings 1

Chapter 2 The Boys Club 11

Chapter 3 Conflict of Interest 21

Chapter 4 Newsmen 34

Chapter 5 The Dam 45

Chapter 6 Lives of the Students 59

Chapter 7 The Valley of Death 70

Chapter 8 Typhoid, and How the Epidemic Began 82

Chapter 9 Denial 92

Chapter 10 Apocalypse 111

Chapter 11 The Fixer 121

Chapter 12 Going Home 142

Chapter 13 The Man Who Saved Ithaca 155

Chapter 14 The Man Who Saved Cornell University 173

Chapter 15 Retribution 182

Epilogue: Getting Away with Murder 196

Afterword: The Conquest of Typhoid 212

Acknowledgments 216

Endnotes 220

Bibliography 266

Index 275

About the Author 299

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