Get well soon : history's worst plagues and the heroes who fought them
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New York : Henry Holt and Company, ©2017.
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A witty, irreverent tour of history's worst plagues—from the Antonine Plague, to leprosy, to polio—and a celebration of the heroes who fought them

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn’t stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon thirty-four more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-seventeenth-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome—a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure. And in turn-of-the-century New York, an Irish cook caused two lethal outbreaks of typhoid fever, a case that transformed her into the notorious Typhoid Mary.

Throughout time, humans have been terrified and fascinated by the diseases history and circumstance have dropped on them. Some of their responses to those outbreaks are almost too strange to believe in hindsight. Get Well Soon delivers the gruesome, morbid details of some of the worst plagues we’ve suffered as a species, as well as stories of the heroic figures who selflessly fought to ease the suffering of their fellow man. With her signature mix of in-depth research and storytelling, and not a little dark humor, Jennifer Wright explores history’s most gripping and deadly outbreaks, and ultimately looks at the surprising ways they’ve shaped history and humanity for almost as long as anyone can remember.

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Format:
Book
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Desc:
xii, 320 pages : illustrations ; cm.
Street Date:
1702.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781627797467 (hardback), 1627797467 (hardback)

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Includes bibliographical references.
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"A humorous book about history's worst plagues from the Antonine Plague, to leprosy, to polio and the heroes who fought them In 1518, in a small town in France, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced herself to her death six days later, and soon thirty-four more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had died from the mysterious dancing plague. In late-nineteenth-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure. And in turn-of-the-century New York, an Irish cook caused two lethal outbreaks of typhoid fever, a case that transformed her into the notorious Typhoid Mary and led to historic medical breakthroughs. Throughout time, humans have been terrified and fascinated by the plagues they've suffered from. Get Well Soon delivers the gruesome, morbid details of some of the worst plagues in human history, as well as stories of the heroic figures who fought to ease their suffering. With her signature mix of in-depth research and upbeat storytelling, and not a little dark humor, Jennifer Wright explores history's most gripping and deadly outbreaks."--,Provided by publisher.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Wright, J. A. (2017). Get well soon: history's worst plagues and the heroes who fought them. First edition. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Wright, Jennifer Ashley, 1986-. 2017. Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Wright, Jennifer Ashley, 1986-, Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2017.

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Wright, Jennifer Ashley. Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them. First edition. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2017. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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