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What Typhoid Mary Meant In 19th-Century New York
March 20, 2014

On March 27, 1915, Mary Mallon, known as Typhoid Mary, was permanently quarantined at this hospital on North Brother Island. From 1900 until her second quarantine in 1915, she was presumed to have infected 49 people, three of whom died, due to her being an asymptomatic carrier. Typhoid is a bacterial disease commonly spread by…

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AIDS And New York: An Epidemic of Fear
November 30, 2012

It’s been over twenty years since the peak of the AIDS crisis, and evidence of activists’ fight for recognition and action can still be found all around the city. People With AIDS plaza is located right outside City Hall. Thousands of people participate in the AIDS Walk every year in Central Park. Still, twenty years…

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Smallpox and Shaping Society, Part 3
June 15, 2012

What does smallpox have to do with American history? According to David Rosner, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University, advisor to the exhibition BE SURE! BE SAFE! GET VACCINATED! Smallpox, Vaccination and Civil Liberties in New York, everything. In this three-part series, written by Rosner, we’ll take a look at…

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Smallpox and Shaping Society, Part 2
June 7, 2012

What does smallpox have to do with American history? According to David Rosner, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University, advisor to the exhibition BE SURE! BE SAFE! GET VACCINATED! Smallpox, Vaccination and Civil Liberties in New York, everything. In this three-part series, written by Rosner, we’ll take a look at…

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Smallpox and Shaping Society, Part 1
May 31, 2012

What does smallpox have to do with American history? According to David Rosner, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University, advisor to the exhibition BE SURE! BE SAFE! GET VACCINATED! Smallpox, Vaccination and Civil Liberties in New York, everything. In this three-part series, written by Rosner, we’ll take a…

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