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The Resource Silent travelers : germs, genes, and the "immigrant menace", Alan M. Kraut

Silent travelers : germs, genes, and the "immigrant menace", Alan M. Kraut

Label
Silent travelers : germs, genes, and the "immigrant menace"
Title
Silent travelers
Title remainder
germs, genes, and the "immigrant menace"
Statement of responsibility
Alan M. Kraut
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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 public health policy and beyond. The book shows clearly how the equation of disease with outsiders and illness with genetic inferiority broadly affected not only immigration policy and health care but even the workplace and schools. The first synthesis of immigration history and the history of medicine, Silent Travelers is also a deeply human story, enriched by the voices of immigrants themselves. Irish, Italian, Jewish, Latino, Chinese, and Cambodian newcomers among others grapple in these pages with the mysteries of modern medicine and American prejudice. Anecdotes about famous and little-known figures in the annals of public health abound, from immigrant physicians such as Maurice Fishberg and Antonio Stella who struggled to mediate between the cherished Old World beliefs and practices of their patients and their own state-of-the-art medical science, to "Typhoid Mary" and the inspiring example of Mother Cabrini. Alan M. Kraut tells of the newcomers founding of hospitals to care for their own the "Halls of Great Peace" (actually little more than hovels where lepers could go to die) set up by Chinese immigrants; the establishment of St. Vincent's Hospital in New York as an institution sensitive to the needs of Catholic patients; and the creation of a tuberculosis sanitarium in Denver by Eastern European Jewish tradespeople who managed to scrape together $1.20 in contributions at their first meeting. Tapping into a rich array of sources - from turn-of-the-century government records to an advice book aimed at Italians financed by the DAR, from the photographs of Jacob Riis to the records of insurance companies and visiting nurse services, as well as poems, songs, stories, and letters of patients - this book evokes an intimate sense of the poignancy of the immigrant odyssey. Amid growing concern over using AIDS to exclude immigrants and ongoing debates about multi-culturalism, this look at how earlier generations struggled with such problems is especially valuable
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kraut, Alan M
Dewey number
614.4/08/69
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RA448.5.I44
LC item number
K73 1994
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
RA448.5.I44K73
NAL item number
1994
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 1994 L-455
  • WA 300
NLM item number
K92s 1994
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Immigrants
  • Medical policy
  • Immigrants
  • United States
  • Emigration and Immigration
  • Public Health
  • Health Policy
  • United States
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Immigrants
  • Immigrants
  • Medical policy
  • United States
  • Infectieziekten
  • Immigranten
Label
Silent travelers : germs, genes, and the "immigrant menace", Alan M. Kraut
Link
http://www.gbv.de/dms/hbz/toc/ht006368660.pdf
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [277]-345) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocm28888554
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiv, 369 p.
Isbn
9780465078233
Lccn
93034572
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o28888554
  • (OCoLC)28888554
Label
Silent travelers : germs, genes, and the "immigrant menace", Alan M. Kraut
Link
http://www.gbv.de/dms/hbz/toc/ht006368660.pdf
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [277]-345) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocm28888554
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiv, 369 p.
Isbn
9780465078233
Lccn
93034572
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o28888554
  • (OCoLC)28888554

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