Bring Out Your Dead

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

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 334 pages
  • 139.7 x 218.44 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • Pennsylvania, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 11 illus.
  • 0812214234
  • 9780812214239
  • 1,849,516

Table of contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction to the 1993 Edition

Preface to the 1949 Edition


''A Merry, Sinful Summer''

Infection in Water Street

Fever, Domestic and Foreign

Prevention, Personal and Civic



"This Excellent Physician"

Bush Hill

The Committee


The Fugitives

Height of the Plague October




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Review quote

"A brilliant and model treatment of one of the most macabre incidents in American History."-New York Herald Tribune "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 "A brilliant case study of the visitation of the scourge in Penn's city."-American Historical Review "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
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About J. H. Powell

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.
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