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Goldberger's War

Goldberger's War

The Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader

Alan M. Kraut

Hill and Wang


Goldberger's War chronicles one of the U.S. Public Health Service's most renowned heroes--an immigrant Jew who trained as a doctor at Bellevue, became a young recruit to the federal government's health service, and ended an American plague. He did so by defying conventional wisdom, experimenting on humans, and telling the South precisely what it didn't want to hear.

Praise for Goldberger's War

“This book provides a remarkable snapshot of the application of epidemiologic principles to the enhancement public health in the United States in the first third of the 1900s. The author's linkage of the personal life of a "public health crusader" with his scientific discoveries make it a fascinating as well as instructive document.” —American Journal of Epidemiology

“Engrossing story of an American medical hero.” —The New England Journal of Medicine

“Inspiring, brilliantly researched and engagingly written. Anyone interested in public health, the politics of medicine, or the impact of Jewish immigrants on American life will savor this book.” —Jonathan D. Sarna, author of American Judaism: A History

“Alan M. Kraut's fine tribute to him does equal justice in describing the early public health movement in this country, and the Southern political, cultural and economic climate that required change.” —Jewish Book World

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Alan M. Kraut

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.

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