Medicine: Detroit's Typhoid Mary

Detroit's worst typhoid epidemic in ten years began last month after a wedding reception at the Highland Park Baptist Church. Within three weeks, 22 guests fell ill, one died. Most of their doctors failed to diagnose the illness as typhoid (a common error). When typhoid was recognized, Health Director Dr. Charles G. Barone suspected that a typhoid carrier, infected but personally immune, was to blame.

His search narrowed down to a member of the Ladies' Aid Society who had served food at the reception. Barone found that a year before she had also served at a church supper where three people had...

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