It’s crazy to think that we once lived in a time before television. People wanted to make shows, of course, but just didn’t know how. Who would star in them? Who would produce them?
Mary Mallon, an immigrant woman working in New York City in the early 1900s, became the most famous symbol of infectious disease in the United States. But the true story behind "Typhoid Mary" is more terrifying — and depressing — than you ever realized.
A stone's throw away from Manhattan, Bronx, and LaGuardia Airport sits North Brother Island, an one-time quarantine facility that housed infectious individuals like "Typhoid" Mary Mallon. The island has since been exiled from the surrounding metropolis and left to nature.