The Cholera Years: The United States in 1832, 1849 and 1866
In 1988 when one thinks of "epidemic diseases," the first to come to mind is the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). It is therefore instructive to recall that,
Cholera was the classic epidemic disease of the nineteenth century, as plague had been in the fourteenth. When cholera first appeared in the United States in 1832, yellow fever and smallpox, the great epidemic diseases of the previous two centuries, were no longer truly national problems. Yellow fever had disappeared...