Fever - Mary Beth Keane

"Fever" is the story of "Typhoid Mary" Mallon, who is believed to be one of the first asymptomatic carriers of what was, at the turn of the 20th Century, a deadly disease.

The story begins with the death of a two-year-old child; Mary cooks for the family. All told, 23 people in families for whom Mary cooked die of typhoid fever ... although friends in her tenement, and her long-time partner Alfred seem to be fine.

Keane presents a look at the well-to-do and the underprivileged of New York City during the period, as well as medical practices that we would all look askance at nowadays but were state-of-the-art at the time.

The story is clearly well-researched, and touches on a good many social issues -- including the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire -- as a way to explore how the laboring class were treated during the time period.

Overall, it was quite a good read.

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/742530875