The Barbary Plague

The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco

By Marilyn Chase
(Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780375757082, 304pp.)

Publication Date: March 9, 2004

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The veteran Wall Street Journal science reporter Marilyn Chase’s fascinating account of an outbreak of bubonic plague in late Victorian San Francisco is a real-life thriller that resonates in today’s headlines. The Barbary Plague transports us to the Gold Rush boomtown in 1900, at the end of the city’s Gilded Age. With a deep understanding of the effects on public health of politics, race, and geography, Chase shows how one city triumphed over perhaps the most frightening and deadly of all scourges.




About the Author
MARILYN CHASE, a longtime reporter for "The Wall Street Journal," covers medical science and health care, currently focusing on infectious-disease outbreaks and bioterrorism. An honors graduate of Stanford University who also holds a master's degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Chase lives with her family in San Francisco.
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