Jewish Immigrants and Tuberculosis in 20th Century Paper



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Despite widespread beliefs in the early 20th century that tuberculosis was a “Jewish disease,” Dr. Maurice Fishberg argued that eastern European Jewish immigrants were in general healthier than other groups. According to Kraut, statistical evidence from the time period indicated that Jews had different patterns of longevity and morbidity than gentiles in the United States. What were some of the patterns of morbidity and mortality that were suggested by the epidemiological evidence? Did they support Dr. Fishberg’s arguments or the popular beliefs of the time? Be sure to cite statistical data from the reading (such as epidemiological rates) to support your statements.

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In the discussion, the argument by Fishberg is the primary idea. Using numerical and
statistical evidence was a strong move to shut off the popular misconception about TB and the
Jews immigrants. The truth of the matter is that change in geographical climate and way of life
has a significant role in the prevalence and spread of Tuberculosis. For the Jews, traditional
feeding habits were their order of life, and the figures demonstrate the reality. The discussion
would have a mor...

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