Typhoid Mary


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Related to Typhoid Mary: typhoid fever, Bloody Mary
A popular term for a human carrier of a virulent strain of bacteria—e.g., salmonella or diphtheria—or virus—e.g., hepatitis or HIV-1

Typhoid Mary

Epidemiology A popular term or a human carrier of a virulent strain of bacteria–eg, salmonella, diphtheria or virus–eg, hepatitis or HIV-1. See High disseminator.
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According to Marouf Hasian (2000), "At a time when bacteriology needed legitimation and 'public health' sought public recognition, 'Typhoid Mary' was a rhetorical vessel that invited various publics to see the importance of giving medical power to health officials" (p.
But "Typhoid Mary" vehemently denied that she was sick or ever had been.
In addition, the Grierson Trust gave a lifetime award to Jonathan Gill, who made many historical documentaries including Typhoid Mary (1994) and Coming Home (1996), and who earlier this year produced a series Historians of Genius--In Their Own Words, which presented the work of historians such as Macaulay, Gibbon and Carlyle, setting them to a wide, original and witty range of visuals.
Using the case of "Typhoid Mary" and a hypothetical case of "HIV Jane" this paper explores some of the problems with making sex workers responsible for the prevention of HIV transmission.
He sounds as if he'd rather be called Typhoid Mary."
"Nova is Typhoid Mary until they solve these problems."
Contrast the Western world's taxpayer-derived subsidies for buggery--subsidies so generous, and so evidently permanent, that they now form a welfare state within a welfare state--with the fierceness that American public-health bureaucrats showed towards Mary Mallon, better known as "Typhoid Mary".
Among hundreds of carriers of typhoid fever in the 19th and 20th centuries, "Typhoid Mary" got the notoriety, due perhaps in part to the prejudices of the time.
When officials traced more infections back to her, and she refused to cooperate with their infection-control efforts, the health director sent her back to the island for the rest of her life, where she became the famous Typhoid Mary. While that might seem extreme by today's standards, similar efforts to track down, treat, and contain the infectious steadily reduced death rates.
Cincinnati now has its own version of Typhoid Mary.
It could be the Typhoid Mary of Y2K remediation, but it could also be an innocuous convenience for data input personnel, something to keep employees happy and boost productivity at the same time.
* Traditional dictionaries don't always include allusions, phrases like yellow brick road, Typhoid Mary, hoist with one's own petard, and alpha male, which are seldom easy to find.