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Childhood's Deadly Scourge: The Campaign to Control Diphtheria in New York City, 1880-1930   Evelynn Maxine Hammonds

Childhood's Deadly Scourge: The Campaign to Control Diphtheria in New York City, 1880-1930

155x230 316 страниц. 2002 год.
The Johns Hopkins University Press
Known as the "deadly scourge of childhood," diphtheria was a highly feared disease in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the United States. In New York City alone, thousands of cases were reported each year, with large numbers of deaths. Physicians and public health experts viewed diphtheria as one of the most difficult to treat and control of all childhood diseases. In CHILDHOOD'S DEADLY SCOURGE: THE CAMPAIGN TO CONTROL DIPHTHERIA IN NEW YORK CITY, 1880-1930, Evelynn M.Hammonds describes how New York City became the first city in the United States to apply laboratory-based advances in bacteriology and immunology to the treatment and prevention of this deadly disease - the first such use of scientific medicine in a public health crisis in this country. Critical to the successful control of diphtheria, she argues, were unprecedented efforts to remove the stigma associated with the disease and provide access to treatment and preventive vaccines for the entire population at...
 
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