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Quarantine! : East European Jewish Immigrants and the New York City Epidemics of 1892 - Howard Markel

Quarantine!

East European Jewish Immigrants and the New York City Epidemics of 1892

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Published: 26th April 1999
For Ages: 22+ years old
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" "Quarantine " unites the best of the two worlds of social history and clinical history in a narrative style so personal and at times gripping that a reader forgets that the book is meant primarily to be a scholarly text... Markel is as much spinning a complex yarn as he is writing a scrupulously researched chronicle." -- Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D., "New Republic"

"Markel does the best job I have seen of depicting the experience of the quarantined -- as well as explaining something of the political and etiological/prophylactic debates that framed and legitimated the quarantine itself. Along the way he makes substantive contributions to Jewish history, urban history, and public health history." -- Charles E. Rosenberg, University of Pennsylvania

In "Quarantine " Howard Markel traces the course of the typhus and cholera epidemics that swept through New York City in 1892. The story is told from the point of view of those involved -- the public health doctors who diagnosed and treated the victims, the newspaper reporters who covered the stories, the government officials who established and enforced policy, and, most importantly, the immigrants themselves. Drawing on rarely cited stories from the Yiddish American press, immigrant diaries and letters, and official accounts, Markel follows the immigrants on their journey from a squalid and precarious existence in Russia's Pale of Settlement, to their passage in steerage, to New York's Lower East Side, to the city's quarantine islands. At a time of renewed anti-immigrant sentiment and newly emerging infectious diseases, "Quarantine " provides a historical context for considering some of the significant problems that face American society today.

"Beautifully written and thoroughly researched... This is a fine piece of history with a timely and thoughtful message; it deserves a wide readership among both health care professionals and professional historians." -- Nancy Tomes, "New England Journal of Medicine"

"One of the major strengths of the book is the balance between the social construction of disease and the biological realities of illness... "Quarantine " therefore provides an important cautionary tale not only for historians, but also for medical professionals who need to deal with modern epidemics in a rational and humane manner." -- Heather Munro Prescott, "New York History"

"With vivid brush strokes Markel sketches in many of the colorful personalities who figured in his tale... "Quarantine " is a fascinating and moving account." -- Betty Falkenberg, "Pakn Treger"

Skillfully explores the social, cultural, medical, and political issues surrounding the quarantine of East European Jewish immigrants during the typhus and cholera epidemics in 1892 New York. * Library Journal * Insightful... fine and well-written. -- Susan Craddock * Journal of American History * Quarantine! unites the best of the two worlds of social history and clinical history in a narrative style so personal and at times gripping that a reader forgets that the book is meant primarily to be a scholarly text... Markel is as much spinning a complex yarn as he is writing a scrupulously researched chronicle. -- Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D. * New Republic * Beautifully written and thoroughly researched... This is a fine piece of history with a timely and thoughtful message; it deserves a wide readership among both health care professionals and professional historians. -- Nancy Tomes * New England Journal of Medicine * One of the major strengths of the book is the balance between the social construction of disease and the biological realities of illness... Quarantine! therefore provides an important cautionary tale not only for historians, but also for medical professionals who need to deal with modern epidemics in a rational and humane manner. -- Heather Munro Prescott * New York History * With vivid brush strokes Markel sketches in many of the colorful personalities who figured in his tale... Quarantine! is a fascinating and moving account. -- Betty Falkenberg * Pakn Treger *

List of Figures and Tablesp. ix
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: The Concept of Quarantinep. 1
Averting a Pestilence: The Typhus Fever Epidemic on New York's Lower East Sidep. 13
The Russian Jews of the SS Massiliap. 15
The City Responds to the Threat of Typhusp. 40
The Results of the Quarantinep. 60
"Cholera May Knock, But It Won't Get in!" Cholera, Class, and Quarantine in New York Harborp. 83
Awaiting the Cholera: "Choleria!"p. 85
"Knocking Out the Cholera!"p. 101
Legislating Quarantine: Attempting to Restrict Immigration as a Cholera Preventivep. 135
Maintaining the Quarantinep. 137
The Doctors' Prescription for Quarantinep. 153
The Congress Respondsp. 166
Epilogue: "The Microbe as Social Leveller"p. 183
Notesp. 195
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9780801861802
ISBN-10: 0801861802
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 26th April 1999
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.06