NOVA: Typhoid Mary - The Most Dangerous Woman in America (2005)

Genres - History, Science & Technology  |   Sub-Genres - Illnesses & Disabilities, Medicine, Social History  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This film examines the outbreak of Typhoid Fever that sacked the posh summer community of Oyster Bay, Long Island in 1906. Investigations later revealed that a single, Irish cook-a woman who was perfectly healthy by all appearances-was the source of the outbreak and was henceforth known as Typhoid Mary. Using modern technology to examine this event of the past, the film offers ideas about communicable disease and the role of the medical community in protecting the public at large.

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disease, typhoid