Bring Out Your Dead
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Bring Out Your Dead
The Great Plague of Yellow Fever in Philadelphia in 1793

J. H. Powell. Introduction by Kenneth R. Foster, Mary F. Jenkins, and Anna Coxe Toogood

334 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | 11 illus.
Paper 1993 | ISBN 978-0-8122-1423-9 | $22.50s | £15.00 | Add to cart
A volume in the Studies in Health, Illness, and Caregiving series
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"A brilliant and model treatment of one of the most macabre incidents in American History."—New York Herald Tribune

"A brilliant case study of the visitation of the scourge in Penn's city."—American Historical Review

"A fascinating history of Philadelphia's great plague. Historian Powell's conscientious grubbing among the records pays off with a cumulative effect of horror and heroism seldom found in the most artful fiction."—Time

"Unique in its weaving of the timeless aspects of human behavior with an authentic account of a major epidemic in American and medical history, this book is carefully researched and a very good read."—Nursing History Review

In 1793 a disastrous plague of yellow fever paralyzed Philadelphia, killing thousands of residents and bringing the nation's capital city to a standstill. In this psychological portrait of a city in terror, J. H. Powell presents a penetrating study of human nature revealing itself. Bring Out Your Dead is an absorbing account, form the original sources, of an infamous tragedy that left its mark on all it touched.

John Harvey Powell (1914-1971) graduated from Swarthmore College and earned his Ph.D. degree in American History at the University of Iowa. Kenneth R. Foster is Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Mary F. Jenkins is a Supervisory Park Ranger and Supervisor of the Dolley Todd Madison House and Visitor Center at Independence National Historical Park. Anna Coxe Toogood is Park Historian at Independence National Historical Park.

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