Bring Out Your Dead: The Great Plague of Yellow Fever in Philadelphia in 1793

Bring Out Your Dead: The Great Plague of Yellow Fever in Philadelphia in 1793

Paperback Studies in Health, Illness, & Caregiving

By (author) J.H. Powell, Introduction by Kenneth R. Foster, Introduction by Mary F. Jenkins, Introduction by Anna Coxe Toogood

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  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Format: Paperback | 334 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 218mm x 20mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1993
  • Publication City/Country: Pennsylvania
  • ISBN 10: 0812214234
  • ISBN 13: 9780812214239
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: 11 illus.
  • Sales rank: 1,740,950

Product description

In 1793 a disastrous plague of yellow fever paralyzed Philadelphia, killing thousands of residents and bringing the nation's capital city to a standstill. In this psychological portrait of a city in terror, J. H. Powell presents a penetrating study of human nature revealing itself. Bring Out Your Dead is an absorbing account, form the original sources, of an infamous tragedy that left its mark on all it touched.

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Author information

John Harvey Powell (1914-1971) graduated from Swarthmore College and earned his Ph.D. degree in American History at the University of Iowa. Kenneth R. Foster is Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Mary F. Jenkins is a Supervisory Park Ranger and Supervisor of the Dolley Todd Madison House and Visitor Center at Independence National Historical Park. Anna Coxe Toogood is Park Historian at Independence National Historical Park.

Review quote

"A brilliant and model treatment of one of the most macabre incidents in American History."-New York Herald Tribune "A brilliant case study of the visitation of the scourge in Penn's city."-American Historical Review "A fascinating history of Philadelphia's great plague. Historian Powell's conscientious grubbing among the records pays off with a cumulative effect of horror and heroism seldom found in the most artful fiction."-Time "Unique in its weaving of the timeless aspects of human behavior with an authentic account of a major epidemic in American and medical history, this book is carefully researched and a very good read."-Nursing History Review

Table of contents

List of Illustrations Introduction to the 1993 Edition Preface to the 1949 Edition Acknowledgments "A Merry, Sinful Summer" Infection in Water Street Fever, Domestic and Foreign Prevention, Personal and Civic Crisis Panic "This Excellent Physician" Bush Hill The Committee "Sangrado" The Fugitives Height of the Plague October Frost Afterwards Notes Index