Quarantine! East European Jewish Immigrants and the New York City Epidemics of 1892


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Johns Hopkins University Press
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5.77 X 8.9 X 0.73 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Howard Markel is an associate professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, and Director of the Historical Center for the Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School.


"Quarantine! unites the best of the two worlds of social history and clinical history in a narrative style so personal and at times gripping that a reader forgets that the book is meant primarily to be a scholarly text... Markel is as much spinning a complex yarn as he is writing a scrupulously researched chronicle."

--Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D. "New Republic "

"With vivid brush strokes Markel sketches in many of the colorful personalities who figured in his tale... Quarantine! is a fascinating and moving account."

--Betty Falkenberg "Pakn Treger "

"Skillfully explores the social, cultural, medical, and political issues surrounding the quarantine of East European Jewish immigrants during the typhus and cholera epidemics in 1892 New York."

--Library Journal

"One of the major strengths of the book is the balance between the social construction of disease and the biological realities of illness... Quarantine! therefore provides an important cautionary tale not only for historians, but also for medical professionals who need to deal with modern epidemics in a rational and humane manner."

--Heather Munro Prescott "New York History "

" Insightful... fine and well-written."

--Susan Craddock "Journal of American History "

"Beautifully written and thoroughly researched... This is a fine piece of history with a timely and thoughtful message; it deserves a wide readership among both health care professionals and professional historians."

--Nancy Tomes "New England Journal of Medicine "