Yellow Fever

A Worldwide History

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About the Book

The terror of yellow fever conjures images of mass infection of soldiers during the Spanish-American War and horrific death tolls among workers on the Panama Canal. Medical science has never found a cure and the disease continues to present a threat to the modern world, both as a mosquito-borne epidemic and as a potential biological weapon. Drawing on firsthand accounts and contemporary sources, this book traces the history of the viral infection that has claimed countless victims across the United States, Central America and Africa, and of the global effort to combat this challenging and deadly disease.

About the Author(s)

S.L. Kotar of St. Louis has been writing (together with J.E. Gessler) for more than four decades, beginning with scripts for television’s Gunsmoke.
The late J.E. Gessler lived in St. Louis.

Bibliographic Details

S.L. Kotar and J.E. Gessler
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 456
Bibliographic Info: 65 photos, glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7919-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2628-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgment vi

Preface 1

 1. Yellow Fever: A Perspective 5

 2. The Early Colonial Period 11

 3. A Question of Quarantine 31

 4. The American Plague 44

 5. “Particulars of the Plague in Philadelphia” 56

 6. Most Unhappy Consequences 68

 7. The Controversies of Yellow Fever Continue to Rage 76

 8. The “Great Epidemic” of 1798 87

 9. Is Yellow Fever More Deadly Than the Plague? 103

10. The Repository of Knowledge 118

11. Daily Mortality Is Now More Considerable 128

12. The Baneful Effects of Yellow Fever 138

13. Corpses Still Animated: Yellow Fever, 1820–1829 150

14. “All the evils which hell may contain” 169

15. The “Dead Book” 182

16. New Orleans: A City of Desolation 194

17. “To the manor born” 205

18. The “Quarantine War” and the “Quarantine Armada” 215

19. Deluge of Yellow Fever in the South and Worldwide Epidemics 223

20. The American ­Un-Civil War Period, 1860–1866 239

21. Holding On Until the Other Jack (Frost) Says “Enough!” 248

22. I Am “writing from the city of the dead” 254

23. Quarantine and Avarice, 1870–1873 267

24. “Falling Like Leaves” 283

25. “The grim monster still on his pathway”: The Outbreaks of 1878 293

26. “We are almost entirely ignorant” 305

27. Mosquitoes and Germ Theories 318

28. Panama and Nicaragua: Two Canals, Two Views 330

29. Cuba and the “Patriotic Disease” 340

30. After War: Science and Sanitation 354

31. Into the 20th Century 365

32. Panama! 370

33. “America to Slay the World’s Disease Germs” 378

34. Taking Steps Against a Deadly Enemy 393

Glossary 397

Chapter Notes 407

Bibliography 423

Index 433