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The Controversial Case of Typhoid Mary

Did your mother ever call you “Typhoid Mary” when she caught you coughing without covering your mouth? Typhoid Mary was a real person, an Irish immigrant¬† by the name of Mary Mallon who cooked for wealthy New York families, until 1906, when her life took a downward turn. She spent the summer working for the Warren [...]

The Fight for Safe Milk: Swill Milk

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Giant 10th Anniversary Bathroom Reader. “Milk and kids” are virtually synonymous in our culture with “good health.” But that wasn’t always the case. Until the early 1900s, milk was often adulterated with foreign substances, taken from sick cows, or mis-handled during milking and storage. As a result, it [...]