We are re-running the Staff Report on Typhoid Mary, now with a correction supplied by Phillip Jones, a researcher who has become fascinated with the case and the broader implications of it, not just in terms of epidemiology but also civil rights.
Thanks to Mr. Jones, who supplied us with the memoirs of Dr. George Soper of the New York Board of Health, who was the primary “detective” on the case.
Typhoid Mary remains a public health story: When does the right of the individual give way to the needs of the greater community? The view has changed somewhat since Mary’s time but the problem remains.
Your comments are, as always, solicited.
(Mods, if you feel this is a greater issue that needs to go to another forum rather than Comments, that’s understood. But it did start with a Staff Report, so CCC/SR.)
your humble TubaDiva