Mary Mallon
Pages: 10 (2403 words) / Published: Apr 24th, 2012

Science advancements has helped us answer mysteries of the world and help cure diseases. Bacteriology is the study of bacteria helped scientists find the cause of source for diseases, explanations, and possibly cures for disease. In the early 1900's many people were getting sick from typhoid fever in the united states, this led to an investigation and virtually a whole new explanation of diseases spreading thru "healthy carriers." After reading Typhoid Mary by Judith Walzer Leavitt one has found that this is a story about an Irish immigrant that was a victim of circumstance and her struggle for her freedom. Mary Mallon was an Irish immigrant that came to America in 1884, by herself at the age of fifteen years old. Mary never had a college education to find a high-paying job such as a doctor or a lawyer, but she made a living by cooking for wealthy families in New York. (Leavitt, 14) She was the first person in the United States to be identified as a healthy carrier. (Leavitt, 7) Health officials concluded her to be a menace to society and had the power to isolate and lock her up away, how can one lock and imprisonment someone who has not committed any crime? Is the cost of Mary Mallon's freedom beneficial in protecting the public from contracting unwanted typhoid cases? (Leavitt,11) I will analyze and examine, George Soper's investigations, Mary Mallon's mindset throughout the book after she had been accused, health officials investigations, and other typhoid cases that were found during this time in my paper. In the summer of 1906 an outbreak of typhoid fever caused six out of eleven people to be sick with the disease.(Leavitt, 14) George Soper was hired to investigate the source of the infection in order to protect the disease from further spreading.(Leavitt, 15) Soper was an engineer and had great expertise on sanitary engineering.(Leavitt, 15) He first began his investigation by seeing if the water or the milk was contaminated. He researched if the family

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