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Response to DBoon (Reply #6)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 10:29 PM

8. Yellow Fever then was a huge problem. Many of the views

and actions of merchants and supporters of commercial enterprise remain consistent over time.

In the early 20th c. plague in San Francisco, it was the same with business and political leaders suppressing info. and more to avert panic and financial losses from trade.


(Yellow Fever, 1793 Phila. Epidemic)

- Cause: Merchants worried more about Rush's theory that the fever arose from the filth of Philadelphia and was not imported from the West Indies. They did not want the port's reputation to suffer permanently. Doctors used his treatments while rejecting his etiology of the disease.

Others deprecated his therapies, such as Dr. Deveze, but agreed that the fever had local origins. Deveze had arrived on the refugee ship from Saint-Domingue which many accused of having carried the disease, but he thought it healthy. The doctors did not understand the origin or transmittal of the disease.[63] Historians believe it was brought by refugees from Saint-Domingue, where it was endemic, and transmitted by mosquitoes between the infected and healthy persons.

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