An American Plague The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
By Jim MurphyReading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adult
Genre: Non Fiction
Publisher: Clarion Books 2003
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History, science, politics, and public health come together in this dramatic account of the disastrous yellow fever epidemic that hit the nation's capital more than 200 years ago. Drawing on firsthand accounts, medical and non-medical, Murphy re-creates the fear and panic in the infected city, the social conditions that caused the disease to spread, and the arguments about causes and cures.