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Molly Crosby, author of "The American Plague", Speaks to Students of Epidemiology
On March 18, Molly Crosby, a journalist and author of three non-fiction literary books, spoke with students taking a course in Epidemiology. The students read the book as an assignment in their course and had many questions for Mrs. Crosby. The yellow fever epidemic hit Memphis hard in 1878 taking 5,150 lives. Memphians had fled the city leaving only 19,000 residents. Of that number 17,000 came down with the fever. It would be 22 years before scientists traced the outbreak to mosquitos. The New York Times hailed the book as a "first rate medical detective drama" and Newsweek called it "gripping."