The Pie Seller, The Drunk, and The Lady:
Heroes of the 1833 Cholera Epidemic in Lexington, Kentucky
by Terry Foody
During the nineteenth century, cholera raged through the United States several
times, and Kentucky had very high fatality rates. In 1833, cholera killed 500
of Lexington’s population in just a few weeks. Foody examines the devastation
in Lexington from many angles—environmental, commercial, social and medical.
She discusses early altruistic efforts, the black woman behind the white hero,
the plight of orphaned children, and societal trends revealed in laws and practices.
Despite great medical advances, cholera is still a worldwide killer. Foody explains why and compares it to other threatening global diseases, such as SARS
and pandemic flu.
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