Marilyn Chase

Lecturer, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Marilyn Chase is a graduate of Stanford University with a BA in English and also the University of California, Berkeley with a Master of Journalism. As a reporter at the The Wall Street Journal, Chase covered a variety of medical beats including the biotechnology industry, disease research and personal health. She is the author of The Barbary Plague: the Black Death in Victorian San Francisco, (Random House, 2003).


The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in victorian San Francisco

Bubonic Plague sailed through the Golden Gate with shipboad rats that stowed away on then steamer The Australia. As they infiltrated the city's Chinatown, they spread a deadly outbreak that triggered a wave of racist scapegoating, denial and cover-up by politicians - in a foreshadowing of bungled epidemics to come.

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