Disease and History
Using Mary Mallon's case as an example, this online activity explores the legal and ethical ramifications of imprisoning a healthy carrier of a disease. Browse primary sources to inform your own opinions on the question of quarantine.
Typhoid Fever General Information
The Center for Disease Control's Web site explains how typhoid fever is spread, where the disease occurs, how to avoid it, and signs and symptoms. The site can also be searched for legal information on U.S. quarantine laws.
World Health Organization: Communicable Disease Surveillance & Response
Find out how the World Health Organization responds to an epidemic outbreak today and learn about the field of epidemiology.
History of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine offers dozens of interactive online medical history exhibits. Be sure to browse their image database, where you can view over 60,000 historical photographs.
The Living City Archive
Columbia University's Living City archive is an impressive resource for the history of public health. Using interviews, articles, slide shows, and a searchable database, the site focuses on the transformation of New York City between 1860 and 1920.
Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public's Health
by Judith Walzer Leavitt. Boston: Beacon Press, 1996
Typhoid Mary: An Urban Historical
by Anthony Bourdain. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2001
Health, Civilization and the State: A History of Public Health from Ancient to Modern Times
by Dorothy Porter. New York: Routledge, 1999
Epidemiology in Medicine
by Charles H. Hennekens, Julie E. Buring, and Sherry L. Mayrent. New York: Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, 1987
Hives of Sickness: Public Health and Epidemics in New York City
edited by David Rosner. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1995.