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In Her Own Words
In Her Own Words Read an impassioned letter Mary Mallon wrote in 1909, when she petitioned the courts for her release.

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Typhoid Mary: Villain or Victim? An historian argues that public health officials should share the blame for Mallon's behavior.

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History of Quarantine Follow an illustrated chronology, from Roman times to the present.

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Disease Detective Trace the outbreak of a mysterious illness, "dizzy fever," to its source.


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