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    DescriptionIn the last half of the nineteenth century, yellow fever plagued the American South. It stalked the region's steaming cities, killing its victims with overwhelming hepatitis and hemorrhage. Margaret Humphreys explores the ways in which this tropical disease hampered commerce, frustrated the scientific community, and eventually galvanized local and federal authorities into forming public health boards. She pays particular attention to the various theories for containing the disease and the constant tension between state and federal officials over how public funds should be spent. Her research recovers the specific concerns of the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century South, broadening our understanding of the evolution of preventive medicine in the United States.

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    Yellow Fever and the South
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Margaret Humphreys
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 242
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801861963
    ISBN 10: 0801861969

    BIC E4L: HEA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S6.6
    Ingram Subject Code: PI
    Libri: I-PI
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/19CNTY
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: MBN, MBX
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    B&T General Subject: 510
    Ingram Theme: CULT/SOUTH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26920
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T Approval Code: G65323000, A66203000
    BISAC V2.8: MED028000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: MED039000
    DC22: 614.5/41/097509034
    LC classification: RC211.S85 H85 1999
    DC22: 614.5410975
    DC21: 614.5410975
    LC classification: 99012653
    Thema V1.0: MBX, MBN
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    1, black & white illustrations
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    28 May 1999
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Margaret Humphreys holds joint appointments at Duke University as assistant professor of history and assistant professor of medicine.
    Review quote
    Humphreys covers not only the disease's effects on its victims and their families, but also its impact on commerce, government and the scientific community. Familty Tree Magazine Humphreys is to be commended for a job well done. This superior study exhibits the canons of historical scholarship at their finest. The thesis is clearly stated and convincingly explicated. The research is exhaustive. The writing is felicitous and compelling. There is no hint of bias. The work will appeal to a wide audience, including historians of the South, historians of science and medicine, and social historians. It will prove to be an enduring, perhaps path-setting, contribution to the literature of the South and of science and medicine. Bulletin of the History of Medicine Humphreys excels by the sheer power of her analysis... to argue convincingly that the imperative to control fever directed the development of Southern and Federal health institutions; that the objectives, attitudes and achievements of Southern public health officials were strikingly different from those of their Northern counterparts; and that the problem of yellow fever was essential in bringing about the U.S. Public Health Service... at her best Humphreys is able to cogently examine and illuminate the meaning of specific events, situations, and social processes. -- Norman Gevitz Journal of the American Medical Association