Season 32, Episode 5 The Most Dangerous Woman in America

First Aired: October 12, 2004

“The Most Dangerous Woman in America” recalls Mary Mallon (a.k.a. “Typhoid Mary”), a cook in New York City who infected 47 people with typhoid fever in the early 20th century. This profile of Mallon, part medical mystery, part social history, combines expert commentary with dramatizations, as it traces the epidemiological swath she cut, and explores a class divide that was united only by illness. Ironically, Mallon was never sick with the disease herself. Mallon: Marian Tomas Griffin.

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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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