“3.5 ★ Fever by Mary Beth Keane
Mary Mallon (September 23, 1869 – November 11, 1938)
(Typhoid Mary), was the first person in the United States identified as an asymptomatic carrier of the pathogen found in typhoid fever.
I should have read a nonfictional account of Mary before a fictional one.
It's hard for me to be sympathetic with her when she seemed to understand
the "medical engineer", after finding a trail of disease wherever she cooked.
After her confinement, she was released under the condition that she never work as a cook again.
Fortunately, epidemiology pursued her relentlessly when a trail of typhus appeared.
She had defied the edict.
When cornered, after a series of new settings including a bakery, a chef service from her home and of all things a primary chef in a maternity hospital...
she was informed:
"The first time carelessness.....the second time criminal."
Mary Beth Keane has depicted her as fiercely compelling, dramatic, vexing, sympathetic, uncompromising and unforgettable .(book jacket)
She definitely had the impact the author hoped to achieve.
Now, I'm off to read an actual account.””