DeadlyBook - 2011
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In the early nineteen-hundreds, sixteen-year-old Prudence Galewski leaves school to take a job assisting the head epidemiologist at New York's Department of Health and Sanitation, investigating the intriguing case of "Typhoid Mary," a seemingly healthy woman who is infecting others with... Read More »
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Prudence Galewiski, a sixteen year old woman in the early 20th century, is much smarter, much better, and has more ambition than most of the women of the century. She doesn't fascinate in 'proper manners' and gaining the typical professions women receive. Instead, she's interested in science, anatomy, hygiene, and how everything works in the human body. Hired by a Sanitary Engineer in the Department of Health and Sanitation, she is introduced to a fascinating world of microscopic bacteria and viruses, full of complications and wonder. Mr. George Soper, her chief, had just discovered a mysterious case of typhoid fever, where the entire household of a wealthy family gotten it around the same time. The trail leads them to numerous households, before realizing that all of them had an Irish housekeeper and cook, called Mary. Mary is a healthy person, but she seemed to carry the virus inside of her. Clueless to why, the two of them follow her and finally locates her in the house she is currently working at, and is taken by the police, as Mr. Soper and his crew test her fluids. However, Prudence seems to develop a connection with Mary, and although Mary had to live in a reserved hospital area for the rest of her life, Prudence promises to become a doctor and solve the reason to why healthy people can carry diseases too.
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