The Most Dangerous Woman in America


Read an impassioned letter Mary Mallon wrote in 1909, when she petitioned the courts for her release.

An historian argues that public health officials should share the blame for Mallons behavior.

Follow an illustrated chronology, from Roman times to the present.

Trace the outbreak of a mysterious illness, dizzy fever, to its source.

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