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An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 Summary
Jim Murphy

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An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 Summary

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An American Plague - The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy provides a historic account of the devastation brought on by the relentless, invisible plague that literally brought Philadelphia and the federal government to its knees. The first known case of an illness that was accompanied by high fever and severe vomiting was that of a young French soldier who was staying in a boarding home. The young man, whose name is lost in history, lasted only a few days after he became ill. Not much attention was paid to his death. Only when several other boarders in the same building showed the same symptoms and eventual died themselves did anyone take much note.

However, in the intervening days when doctors began to notice a sharp increase of patients seeking treatment for fevers, aching muscles and severe vomiting, it begin to...

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