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Author Baker, S. Josephine (Sara Josephine), 1873-1945, author.

Title Fighting for life / S. Josephine Baker ; introduction by Helen Epstein.

Publication Info. New York : New York Review Books, [2013]


Location Call No. Status
 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  610.92 BAKER    Check Shelf
Description xviii, 264 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm.
Series New York review books classics
New York Review Books classics.
Note Includes index.
Summary "New York's lower east side was said to be the most densely populated square mile on the face of the earth in the 1890s. City health inspectors called the neighborhood "the suicide ward" and referred to one particular tenement--in an official Health Department report, no less--as an "out and out hog pen." Diarrhea epidemics raged each summer, killing thousands of city children. Sweatshop babies with smallpox and typhus dozed in garment heaps destined for fashionable Broadway shops. Desperate mothers paced the streets to soothe their feverish children, and white mourning cloths hung from every building. A third of children living in the slums died before their fifth birthday. By 1911, the child death rate had fallen sharply and The New York Times hailed the city as the healthiest on earth. In this witty and highly personal autobiography, public health crusader Dr. Sara Josephine Baker explains how this remarkable transformation was achieved. By the time she retired from the New York City Health Department in 1923, Baker was famous worldwide for saving the lives of 90,000 children. The public health programs Baker developed, many still in use today, have probably saved the lives of millions more. She also fought for women's suffrage, toured Russia in the 1930s, and captured "Typhoid" Mary Malone, twice. She was also an astute observer of her times, and Fighting for Life is one of the most honest, compassionate memoirs of American medicine ever written"--Provided by publisher.
Original Version Reprint of: Baker, S. Josephine (Sara Josephine), 1873-1945. Fighting for life. New York : The Macmillan Company, 1939. 264 p.
Subject Baker, S. Josephine (Sara Josephine), 1873-1945.
New York (N.Y.). Department of Health -- History.
New York (N.Y.). Bureau of Child Hygiene.
Baker, S. Josephine (Sara Josephine), 1873-1945.
Baker, S. Josephine (Sara Josephine), 1873-1945. (OCoLC)fst00319026
New York (N.Y.). Bureau of Child Hygiene. (OCoLC)fst01973940
New York (N.Y.). Department of Health. (OCoLC)fst01837540
Health officers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Child welfare -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
Physicians. (DNLM)D010820
Child Mortality -- history. (DNLM)D046688Q000266
Child Welfare -- history. (DNLM)D002669Q000266
History, 19th Century. (DNLM)D049672
History, 20th Century. (DNLM)D049673
Public Health -- history. (DNLM)D011634Q000266
New York (N.Y.)
Child welfare. (OCoLC)fst00854709
Health officers. (OCoLC)fst00953154
New York (State) -- New York. (OCoLC)fst01204333
Genre/Form Autobiography. (DNLM)D020493
Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9781590177068 (paperback ; alk. paper)
1590177061 (paperback ; alk. paper)
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