Germs at Bay: Politics, Public Health, and American Quarantine

by
Charles Vidichauthor

Charles Vidich is a consultant and adviser on public health and bioterrorism issues and was appointed a visiting scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, working for 10 years on national quarantine policy.

Germs at Bay: Politics, Public Health, and American Quarantine

20210119

Praeger

Pages 520
Topics Coronavirus;War;Stigma and disease reporting;Smallpox in Boston;Smallpox during the Revolutionary;Redefining quarantine for the 21st;Radio Pratique;Quarantine and the Irish Diaspora;Public Health Service;Medically managed quarantine;Maritime quarantine;Immigration and quarantine;Germ theory;Five stages of quarantine practice;COVID-19

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Germs at Bay: Politics, Public Health, and American Quarantine

Author(s): Vidich, Charles;
Contributors: Vidich, Charles;
Abstract:

This book examines America's experience with a wide range of quarantine practices over the past 400 years and explores the political, economic, immigration, and public health considerations that have prompted success or failure within the evolving role of public health.

The novel strain of coronavirus that emerged in late 2019 and became a worldwide pandemic in 2020 is only one of more than 87 new or emerging pathogens discovered since 1980 that have posed a risk to public health. While many may consider quarantine an antiquated practice, in reality it is often one of the only defenses against new and dangerous communicable diseases. Tracing the United States' quarantine practices through the colonial, postcolonial, and modern eras, Germs at Bay: Politics, Public Health, and American Quarantine provides an eye-opening look at how quarantine has worked despite routine dismissal of its value.

This book is for anyone seeking to understand the challenges of controlling the spread of COVID-19 and will help readers internalize the lessons that may be learned from the pandemic. No other title provides the level of primary source data on the United States' long reliance on quarantine practices and the political, social, and economic factors that have influenced them.


  • Offers guidance on quarantine decision-making within the U.S. democratic system
  • Chronicles the evolution of quarantine throughout U.S. history
  • Provides a detailed analysis of tens of thousands of primary-source local, state, and federal quarantine records that have been pieced together to tell America's quarantine story
  • Features illuminating case studies of some of the most important quarantine events in American history

SortTitle: germs at bay: politics, public health, and american quarantine
Keyword(s): Coronavirus; War; Stigma and disease reporting; Smallpox in Boston; Smallpox during the Revolutionary; Redefining quarantine for the 21st; Radio Pratique; Quarantine and the Irish Diaspora; Public Health Service; Medically managed quarantine; Maritime quarantine; Immigration and quarantine; Germ theory; Five stages of quarantine practice; COVID-19
Author Info:
Charles Vidichauthor

Charles Vidich is a consultant and adviser on public health and bioterrorism issues and was appointed a visiting scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, working for 10 years on national quarantine policy.

eISBN-13: 9781440878343
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Print ISBN-13: 9781440878336
Imprint: Praeger
Pages: 520
Publication Date: 20210119