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An Angry Woman and Immigrant Symbolized the Threat of Social Pollution

Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews "Typhoid Mary," by Judith Walzer Leavitt, about the woman unwittingly responsible for an outbreak of typhoid fever in New York City.

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Other segments from the episode on August 5, 1996

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, August 5, 1996: Interview with Gerald Posner; Review of Judith Walzer Leavitt's book "Typhoid Mary."

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