FEARFUL RAVAGES: YELLOW FEVER IN NEW ORLEANS 1796-1905

FEARFUL RAVAGES: YELLOW FEVER IN NEW ORLEANS 1796-1905

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In the nineteenth century, New Orleans was stigmatized by an extremely high mortality rate . One of the major causes of this frightening annual death roll was yellow fever. The sporadic arrival of fever caused tens of thousands of citizens to flee; while at the same time, anxious neighbors in nearby towns tracked the fever's movement. The severity of yellow fever epidemics was erratic and puzzled physicians. In some years thousands of people perished; at other times only a handful died. This ghastly phenomenon appeared in the summer and remained until late autumn and marked New Orleans as a dangerous place. For decades the laymen in New Orleans determined the first frost was the sign that the fever was quickly fading, and for that reason residents hoped and prayed for this meteorological blessing

  • ISBN-13:  978-1887366649
  • Publisher: Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette 
  • Year published: December 31, 2005
  • Paperback : 169 pages
  • Product dimensions: 6 x 0.25 x 9 inches  
  • Shipping weight: 12.8 ounces