Silent Travelers by Alan M. Kraut
Germs, Genes, and the "Immigrant Menace"

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Amid concerns over use of TB and AIDS to exclude immigrants, this book looks at how earlier generations grappled with such problems, from the Irish immigrants of New York wrongly blamed for the cholera epidemic in 1832 to San Francisco's Chinese labourers vilified for causing the bubonic plague in 1900, to Miami's Haitian refugees stigmatized as AIDS carriers in the 1980s. The book describes these and many other episodes of medicalized prejudice, and analyzes their impact on public health policy. Alan M. Kraut is the author of "Huddled Masses: The Immigrant in American Society, 1880-1920".

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Alan M. Kraut is a professor of history at American University. His most recent book, Silent Travelers: Germs, Genes, and the Immigrant Menace, won the Theodore Salutous Memorial Book Award. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
Published February 1, 1994 by Basic Books. 384 pages
Genres: History, Professional & Technical, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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He demonstrates how health care became a cultural battleground involving the home, the hospital, and the corner drugstore as folk healers and midwives met opposition from physicians and home health nurses, and as quackery thrived.

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In this broadly researched study of the relation of immigration to medical care, Kraut ( Huddled Masses ) argues that immigrants were not themselves primarily responsible for spreading epidemic diseases.

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Defending the rights of all immigrants, he distinguishes the real public health problems posed by disease transmitters such as Mary Malone from the voices of prejudice that exploit our fear of disease for their propaganda war against America's tradition of welcoming strangers.

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