The Life and Times of Typhoid Mary

If you hear the term “Typhoid Mary” today, it is usually about a person who spreads something undesirable, e.g., a common cold. But the original Typhoid Mary was much more than a germ host. In the first place, Mary Mallon, an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever, never considered herself to be a carrier at all. Yet she was the…

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