Typhoid Mary: An Urban Historical

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, May 4, 2001 - Medical - 148 pages

From the best-selling author of Kitchen Confidential comes this true, thrilling tale of pursuit through the kitchens of New York City at the turn of the century.

By the late nineteenth century, it seemed that New York City had put an end to the outbreaks of typhoid fever that had so frequently decimated the city's population. That is until 1904, when the disease broke out in a household in Oyster Bay, Long Island. Authorities suspected the family cook, Mary Mallon, of being a carrier. But before she could be tested, the woman, soon to be known as Typhoid Mary, had disappeared. Over the course of the next three years, Mary worked at several residences, spreading her pestilence as she went. In 1907, she was traced to a home on Park Avenue, and taken into custody. Institutionalized at Riverside Hospital for three years, she was released only when she promised never to work as a cook again. She promptly disappeared.

For the next five years Mary worked in homes and institutions in and around New York, often under assumed names. In February 1915, a devastating outbreak of typhoid at the Sloane Hospital for Women was traced to her. She was finally apprehended and reinstitutionalized at Riverside Hospital, where she would remain for the rest of her life.

Typhoid Mary is the story of her infamous life. Anthony Bourdain reveals the seedier side of the early 1900s, and writes with his renowned panache about life in the kitchen, uncovering the horrifying conditions that allowed the deadly spread of typhoid over a decade. Typhoid Mary is a true feast for history lovers and Bourdain lovers alike.

 

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User Review  - DrJSH - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed Anthony Bourdain's take on Mary Mallon's life. (I cringe to refer to her as "Typhoid Mary.") The book isn't very long, but he did his homework and offered the perspectives of Mallon's ... Read full review

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User Review  - KendraFitz - LibraryThing

This was an interesting perspective on Typhoid Mary, a woman I didn't know much about before reading this book and hope to know more about now that I've finished. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
13
Section 3
27
Section 4
33
Section 5
48
Section 6
65
Section 7
71
Section 8
83
Section 10
97
Section 11
117
Section 12
130
Section 13
139
Section 14
145
Section 15
147
Section 16
149
Section 17
151

Section 9
91

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Anthony Bourdain is the bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and the author of the novels: Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo. He is the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in New York City.

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