Hives of sickness : public health and epidemics in New York City / edited by David Rosner.

New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c1995.
223 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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  • An 1865 report on public health in New York painted a grim picture of "high brick blocks and closely-packed houses . . . literally hives of sickness" propagating epidemics of cholera, smallpox, typhoid, typhus, and yellow fever, which swept through the whole city. In this stimulating collection of essays, nine historians of American medicine explore New York's responses to its public health crises from colonial times to the present.
  • These essays illustrate the relationship between the disease environment of New York and changes in housing, population, social conditions, and the success of medical science, linking such factors to New York's experiences with smallpox, polio, and AIDS. As David Rosner writes in his introduction, "aspects of the current health crises in the city are not unique to this era and . . . , as in the past, a concerted effort to face up to modern epidemics can lead to meaningful and humanitarian responses."
"Published for the Museum of the City of New York."
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Foreword / Robert R. Macdonald -- Introduction: "Hives of Sickness and Vice" / David Rosner -- Pt. I. Breeding Grounds for Disease. Changing Patterns of Epidemic Disease in New York City / Gretchen A. Condran. Accountability for Public Health: Regulating the Housing Market in Nineteenth-Century New York City / Elizabeth Blackmar. Plagues and Prejudice: Nativism's Construction of Disease in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century New York City / Alan M. Kraut -- Pt. II. When Epidemic Strikes. "Be Safe. Be Sure.": New York City's Experience with Epidemic Smallpox / Judith Walzer Leavitt. A Disease of Cleanliness: Polio in New York City, 1900-1990 / Naomi Rogers. The Dependent Center: The First Decade of the AIDS Epidemic in New York City / Ronald Bayer -- Pt. III. The City Responds. Science, Politics, and the Art of Persuasion: Promoting the New Scientific Medicine in New York City / Elizabeth Fee and Evelynn M. Hammonds.
  • The Politics of Public Health in New York City: Contrasting Styles Since 1920 / Daniel M. Fox.
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