Yellow Fever & The South (Health and Medicine in American Society)

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9780813518206: Yellow Fever & The South (Health and Medicine in American Society)

In the last half of the nineteenth century, the American South was plagued by yellow fever epidemics. This tropical disease stalked the South's steaming urban areas, killing its victims with overwhelming hepatitis and hemorrhage. Its toll was devastating: in the notorious 1878 epidemic alone, 20,000 people died in the Mississippi and Ohio valleys.
Margaret Humphreys tells the dramatic story of yellow fever in the urban South, and of the attempt of public health officials to contain it. Humphreys explores the ways in which yellow fever hampered commerce, frustrated the scientific community, and eventually galvanized local and federal authorities into forming public health boards. Discovering that the desire to nurture economic growth lay at the heart of the South's public health strategy, she shows how the disease's impact on trade forced state governments to spend money on public health. Yellow fever was also central to the growth of the U.S. Public Health Services. Humphreys pays particular attention to the various theories for stopping the disease and to the constant tension between state and federal officials over how public funds should be spent.
Humphreys recovers a lost dimension of public health history by treating the specific concerns of the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century South and broadens our understanding of the evolution of public health services in the United States.

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About the Author:

Margaret Humphreys holds joint appointments at Duke University as assistant professor of history and assistant professor of medicine.

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"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)

"In working her way through the bureaucratic infighting, intraregional rivalries, muddled scientific debates, medical uncertainties, professional power plays, business pressures, and personal jealousies that characterized this relationship in the South, Humphreys throws new light on such shadowy subjects as quarantine politics, the role of the federal government in public health, and the economic implications of epidemic disease... this is an excellent and heuristic piece of work."

(James C. Mohr, University of Oregon)

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