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An American plague : the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793, by Jim Murphy

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An American plague : the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793
Title
An American plague
Title remainder
the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793
Statement of responsibility
by Jim Murphy
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
It's 1793, and there's an invisible killer roaming the streets of Philadelphia. The city's residents are fleeing in fear. This killer has a name -- yellow fever -- but everything else about it is a mystery. Its cause is unknown, and there is no cure. This powerful, dramatic account by award-winning author Jim Murphy traces the devastating course of the epidemic. The medical beliefs and practices of the time and the conditions that helped the disease to spread through the city that was then the nation's capital are vividly detailed. So, too, is the heroic role that free black Philadelphians played in saving their city. The efforts and intrigues of politicians and doctors -- among them George Washington and Benjamin Rush -- are also part of the narrative, and the search for the fever's causes and cure provides a suspenseful counterpoint to this riveting true story of a city under siege. Thoroughly researched and absorbing, An American Plague includes an unflinching discussion of medical details. It offers a fascinating glimpse into the conditions in American cities at the time of our nation's birth while drawing thought-provoking parallels to modern-day epidemics
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DLC
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no index present
Intended audience
1130
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
UG
Literary form
non fiction
Reading level
9.0
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
An American plague : the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793, by Jim Murphy
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
No one noticed -- "All was not right" -- Church bells tolling -- Confusion, distress, and utter desolation -- "It was our duty" -- The prince of bleeders -- "By twelve only" -- "This unmerciful enemy" -- "A delicate situation" -- Improvements and the public gratitude -- "A modern-day time bomb."
Control code
ocm50958941
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
166 pages
Isbn
9780395776087
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002151355
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
An American plague : the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793, by Jim Murphy
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
No one noticed -- "All was not right" -- Church bells tolling -- Confusion, distress, and utter desolation -- "It was our duty" -- The prince of bleeders -- "By twelve only" -- "This unmerciful enemy" -- "A delicate situation" -- Improvements and the public gratitude -- "A modern-day time bomb."
Control code
ocm50958941
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
166 pages
Isbn
9780395776087
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002151355
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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