The year is 1793. In this story, you will take the role of a fictional physician, Dr. John Brooks, as he navigates a disaster of a kind not altogether uncommon in U.S. cities before the 20th century. As the story unfolds in Dr. Brooks’s adopted home city of Philadelphia, he will be faced with many decisions—some seemingly mundane, some more obviously matters of life and death.
Background: Although the character of Dr. Brooks is fictional, the events in this story are based on historical fact. The Yellow Fever outbreak in Philadelphia in 1793 killed nearly 5,000 people, and a further 20,000 are reported to have fled the city at the height of the outbreak.
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