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The Resource Black Death at the Golden Gate : the race to save America from the bubonic plague, David K. Randall

Black Death at the Golden Gate : the race to save America from the bubonic plague, David K. Randall

Label
Black Death at the Golden Gate : the race to save America from the bubonic plague
Title
Black Death at the Golden Gate
Title remainder
the race to save America from the bubonic plague
Statement of responsibility
David K. Randall
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Traces the massive effort to contain an outbreak of bubonic plague in 1900 San Francisco, detailing how the process was complicated by virulent racism, pseudoscience, and political cover-ups. For Chinese immigrant Wong Chut King, surviving in San Francisco meant a life in the shadows. His passing on March 6, 1900, would have been unremarkable if a city health officer hadn't noticed a swollen black lymph node on his groin--a sign of bubonic plague. Empowered by racist pseudoscience, officials rushed to quarantine Chinatown while doctors examined Wong's tissue for telltale bacteria. If the devastating disease was not contained, San Francisco would become the American epicenter of an outbreak that had already claimed ten million lives worldwide. To local press, railroad barons, and elected officials, such a possibility was inconceivable--or inconvenient. As they mounted a cover-up to obscure the threat, ending the career of one of the most brilliant scientists in the nation in the process, it fell to federal health officer Rupert Blue to save a city that refused to be rescued. Spearheading a relentless crusade for sanitation, Blue and his men patrolled the squalid streets of fast-growing San Francisco, examined gory black buboes, and dissected diseased rats that put the fate of the entire country at risk. In the tradition of Erik Larson and Steven Johnson, Randall spins a spellbinding account of Blue's race to understand the disease and contain its spread--the only hope of saving San Francisco, and the nation, from a gruesome fate
Cataloging source
DLC
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Randall, David K
Dewey number
616.9/23200979461
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RC176.C2
LC item number
R36 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Plague
Label
Black Death at the Golden Gate : the race to save America from the bubonic plague, David K. Randall
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Fighting the devil with fire -- Across the sea -- The Nippon Maru -- The imperial city -- Criminal idiocy -- Fault lines -- Quarantine -- Oust the faker -- An infamous compact -- An impossible task -- A most peculiar team -- As soon as possible -- The unpleasant past -- For god's sake send food -- Two percent -- The worst corner of hell -- One of California's adopted sons -- Cast aside -- A hero once more -- Epilogue: how close we came
Control code
on1053999369
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
273 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393609455
Lccn
2018055377
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1053999369
Label
Black Death at the Golden Gate : the race to save America from the bubonic plague, David K. Randall
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Fighting the devil with fire -- Across the sea -- The Nippon Maru -- The imperial city -- Criminal idiocy -- Fault lines -- Quarantine -- Oust the faker -- An infamous compact -- An impossible task -- A most peculiar team -- As soon as possible -- The unpleasant past -- For god's sake send food -- Two percent -- The worst corner of hell -- One of California's adopted sons -- Cast aside -- A hero once more -- Epilogue: how close we came
Control code
on1053999369
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
273 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393609455
Lccn
2018055377
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1053999369

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