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Silent Travelers : Germs, Genes, and the Immigrant Menace - Alan M. Kraut

Silent Travelers

Germs, Genes, and the Immigrant Menace

Paperback Published: 19th March 1995
ISBN: 9780801850967
Number Of Pages: 384
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Epidemics and immigrants have suffered a lethal association in the public mind, from the Irish in New York wrongly blamed for the cholera epidemic of 1832 and Chinese in San Francisco vilified for causing the bubonic plague in 1900, to Haitians in Miami stigmatized as AIDS carriers in the 1980s. Silent Travelers vividly describes these and many other episodes of medicalized prejudice and analyzes their impact on public health policy and beyond. The book shows clearly how the equation of disease with outsiders and illness with genetic inferiority broadly affected not only immigration policy and health care but even the workplace and schools. The first synthesis of immigration history and the history of medicine, Silent Travelers is also a deeply human story, enriched by the voices of immigrants themselves. Irish, Italian, Jewish, Latino, Chinese, and Cambodian newcomers among others grapple in these pages with the mysteries of modern medicine and American prejudice. Anecdotes about famous and little-known figures in the annals of public health abound, from immigrant physicians such as Maurice Fishberg and Antonio Stella who struggled to mediate between the cherished Old World beliefs and practices of their patients and their own state-of-the-art medical science, to "Typhoid Mary" and the inspiring example of Mother Cabrini. Alan M. Kraut tells of the newcomers founding of hospitals to care for their own the "Halls of Great Peace" (actually little more than hovels where lepers could go to die) set up by Chinese immigrants; the establishment of St. Vincent's Hospital in New York as an institution sensitive to the needs of Catholic patients; and the creation of a tuberculosis sanitarium inDenver by Eastern European Jewish tradespeople who managed to scrape together $1.20 in contributions at their first meeting. Tapping into a rich array of sources - from turn-of-the-century government records to an advice book aimed at Italians financed by the DAR, from the photog

Fascinating... Kraut's narrative shows that it has always been easier to blame immigrants for epidemics than to attack the infrastructure of the disease. New York Times Kraut chronicles the medical assimilation of immigrants through a series of public health and curative initiatives... For those interested in the public and private response to immigrant health problems, this book is a great read. Annals of Internal Medicine

Preface
Introduction: The Double Helix of Health and Fear
"The Breath of Other People Killed Them": First Encounters
"A Scourge, a Rod in the Hand of God": Epidemics and the Irish Mid-Century
"Proper Precautions": Searching for Illness on Ellis Island
A Plague of Nativism: The Cases of Chick Gin and "Typhoid Mary"
"That Is the American Way. And in America You Should Do as Americans Do": Italian Customs, American Standards
Gezunthayt iz besser vi Krankhayt: Fighting the Stigma of the "Jewish Disease"
"The Old Inquisition Had Its Rack and Thumbscrews": Immigrant Health and the American Workplace
"There Could Also Be Magic in Barbarian Medicine": American Nurses, Physicians, and Quacks
"East Side Parents Storm the Schools": Public Schools and Public Health
"Viruses and Bacteria Don't Ask for a Green Card": New Immigrants and Old Fears
Appendix I: Classification of Excludable Medical Conditions According to the 1903 Book of Instructions for the Medical Inspection of Immigrants
Appendix II: Classification of Excludable Medical Conditions According to the 1917 Book of Instructions for the Medical Inspection of Immigrants
Notes
Credits
Index
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ISBN: 9780801850967
ISBN-10: 0801850967
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 19th March 1995
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.53