Medicine: Public Health

The Greenwich Village district of Manhattan has a typhoid epidemic. The 58th victim fell sick last week. All caught the disease indirectly from an old man, one Frederick Moersch, carpenter, who had been helping his widowed daughter run a Village ice cream parlor. He is a typhoid carrier, immune to the disease himself, infectious to others. The New York City health department captured him and segregated him on a pest island in East River. He may be kept there for life because he broke his promise to the health department never to work around...