Letter to George O'Neill

In this 1909 letter to her attorney (the letter originally was addressed to the editor of the New York American) Mary details her outrage at her confinement. Among other things she describes the twitch and paralysis of her left eyelid (due to her "prostration with grief and trouble"), her taking a drug, urotropin, for Salmonella typhi as prescribed by her physicians, and their advice that she have her gall bladder removed (she refused). In general the letter is one of complaint of her mistreatment at the hands of the New York City Board of Health.

Letter of Mary Mallon