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Silent travelers : germs, genes, and the

Silent travelers : germs, genes, and the "immigrant menace"

Author: Alan M Kraut
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Johns Hopkins paperbacks edView all editions and formats
Epidemics and immigrants have suffered a lethal association in the public mind, from the Irish in New York wrongly blamed for the cholera epidemic of 1832 and Chinese in San Francisco vilified for causing the bubonic plague in 1900, to Haitians in Miami stigmatized as AIDS carriers in the 1980s. Silent Travelers vividly describes these and many other episodes of medicalized prejudice and analyzes their impact on  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan M Kraut
ISBN: 0801850967 9780801850967
OCLC Number: 31407935
Awards: Winner of Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award 1996 (United States)
Description: xiv, 369 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Double helix of health and fear --
Breath of other people killed them: first encounters --
Scourge, a rod in the hand of God: epidemics and the Irish mid-century --
Proper precautions: searching for illness on Ellis Island --
Plague of nativism: the cases of chick gin and typhoid mary --
That is the American way. And in America you should do as Americans do: Italian customs, American standards --
Gezunthayt iz besser vi Krankhayt: fighting the stigma of the Jewish disease --
Old inquisition had its rack and thumbscrews: immigrant health and the American workplace --
There could also be magic in barbarian medicine: American nurses, physicians and quacks --
East side parents storm the schools: public schools and public health --
Viruses and bacteria don't ask for a green card: new immigrants and old fears --
Classification of excludable medical conditions according to the 1903 Book of Instructions for the Medical Inspection of Immigrants --
Classification of excludable medical conditions according to the 1917 Book of Instructions for the Medical Inspection of Immigrants.
Responsibility: Alan M. Kraut.


This study traces the American tradition of the suspicion of immigrant populations spreading disease. From the cholera outbreak of the 1930s to the associations of Haitians and AIDS, the author shows  Read more...


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Fascinating... Kraut's narrative shows that it has always been easier to blame immigrants for epidemics than to attack the infrastructure of the disease. New York Times "Kraut chronicles the medical Read more...

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