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Mary Mallon (September 23, 1869 – November 11, 1938), better known as Typhoid Mary, was the first person in the United States identified as an asymptomatic carrier of the pathogen associated with typhoid fever. She was presumed to have infected some 51 people, three of whom died, over the course of her career as a cook.  She was forcibly isolated twice by public health authorities and died after a total of nearly three decades in isolation.

Mary Mallon (September 1869 – November better known as Typhoid…

Anesthesia machine found in an abandoned hospital

Anesthesia machine found in an abandoned hospital.

Nach Angriff imJemen: Ärzte ohne Grenzen zieht Personal aus Kliniken ab

Nach Angriff imJemen: Ärzte ohne Grenzen zieht Personal aus Kliniken ab

Photo of Caroline Nightinggale, an Insane Asylum Patient, Who Believed Her Husand Had a Family With a Different Woman Other Than Herself, British, 1875

insane asylum patient, British, 1875 - Patient abandoned just like the buildings

Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1892. “In diaries and letter from the late nineteenth century, women medical students sometimes wrote of their resolve to prove that they could engage in all aspects of medical study and practice without compromising dignity or sacrificing the appearance of femininity. The choice of dress for the dissecting room was one common subject in such reflections.”

Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, “In diaries and letter from the late nineteenth century, women medical students sometimes wrote of their resolve to prove that they could engage in all aspects of medical study and practice with

Typhoid Mary.  Mary Mallon was the most infamous patient at North Brother Island where she spent nearly three decades of her life. Despite being healthy, she was a carrier of the typhoid virus  – and is believed to have been responsible for 43 infections and three deaths.  When she died and autopsy performed, there were live typhoid in her body.

Inside the lost island of New York: Eerie pictures of the abandoned leper colony just 350 yards from the Bronx

Mary Mallon (aka Typhoid Mary) spend almost 3 decades of her life on North Brother Island, because she was believed to have been responsible for 43 infections and 3 deaths- despite being healthy herself.

November 1942. "Nurses in training. Babies' Hospital, New York. A graduate nurse (right) watches student Susan Petty prepare a hypodermic for a patient. Strict adherence to doctors' orders is something every probationer must learn." Photo by Fritz Henle for the Office of War Information.

November "Nurses in training. Babies' Hospital, New York. A graduate nurse (right) watches student Susan Petty prepare a hypodermic for a patient. Strict adherence to doctors' orders is something every probationer must learn.

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