Mary Mallot Short Story

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This is the story of a woman named Mary Mallot. She was the immigrant from Ireland and lived in New York at the end of the 19th century. She is better known for her other name - Typhoid Mary. Mary was a healthy carrier of the typhoid disease. During the time when she worked as a cook, she infected 47 people, 3 of them died. Mary spent 26 years in isolation on North Brother Island, where she died at the age of 69. She never admitted that she had given typhoid to all these people. It is a sad story where it is hard to say what is right and what is wrong. Can one person 's life be sacrificed in order to save others? In reality, Mary was released after two years of incarceration. What made her go back to cooking and infecting more people with typhoid? Was she so ignorant to understand that she is the carrier of the disease or she spread it around on purpose? The answer will remain unclear. George Soper was a sanitation engineer. He found Mary and discovered that she was a healthy carrier of typhoid. To prove his theory, he needed to take her specimens. Being a sanitation engineer George Soper did not have the power to take Mary 's specimens without her will. In order to do that Soper needed the power of NYC Health Commissioner. The Commissioner had the right to stop the spreading of the disease using science and tools of public health. That includes vaccinating the workers, confining the infected houses, and forcing to quarantine those who would not comply on the
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