How Yellow Fever Ravaged America and Walter Reed Discovered Its Deadly SecretsBook - 2005
The end of a scourge
"The prayer that has been mine for twenty years, that I might be permitted in some way or some time to do something to alleviate human suffering, has been answered!"
--Major Walter Reed, writing to his wife, New Year's Eve, 1900
As he wrote to his wife of his stunning success in the mission to identify the cause of yellow fever and find a way to eradicate the disease, Walter Reed had answered the prayers of millions. For more than 250 years, the yellow jack had ravaged the Americas, bringing death to millions and striking panic in entire populations. The very mention of its presence in a city or town produced instant chaos as thousands fled in terror, leaving the frail, the weak, and the ill to fend for themselves.
Yellow Jack tracks the history of this deadly scourge from its earliest appearance in the Caribbean 350 years ago, telling the compelling story of a few extraordinarily brave souls who struggled to understand and eradicate yellow fever. Risking everything for the cause of science and humanity, Reed and his teammates on the U.S. Army Yellow Fever Board invaded the heart of enemy territory in Cuba to pursue the disease--and made one of the twentieth century's greatest medical discoveries. This thrilling adventure tells the timeless tale of their courage, ingenuity, and triumph in the face of adversity.
Baker & Taylor
A real-life story of medical history, research, and heroism describes the efforts of Major Walter Reed and a team of Army doctors to investigate the causes of yellow fever, a deadly disease that had long ravaged the southeastern United States and Caribbean and their seminal discovery that mosquitoes were the mode of transmission.
Yellow fever made its first appearance in the Caribbean 350 years ago and ravaged the Americas for 250 years. This account follows the four- member US Army Yellow Fever Board, led by US Army major and physician Walter Reed, as they overturned leading theories of the day on the cause, spread, and control of yellow fever. B&w historical photos are included. The authors have written for various military publications. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Explores the work of the United States Army Yellow Fever Board, led by Walter Reed, in studying the cause, spread, and control of yellow fever.
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John R. Pierce, a physician retired from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and Jim Writer describe the history of yellow fever epidemics in the United States and the research that led to the eradication of yellow fever in much of the world. After briefly outlining what they plan to discuss, the authors describe the symptoms of yellow fever, its mode of transmission, and the areas in which it is endemic. Then they describe how the disease is believed to have traveled from Africa to the United States through the slave trade. This leads to a discussion of outbreaks in the United States, starting with a detailed discussion of the 1793 epidemic in Philadelphia, then the capital of the United States. They also describe how the disease ravaged the American South, particularly the 1878 epidemic that killed 20,000 people. Their discussion of the yellow fever outbreak that accounted for the majority of American deaths during the Spanish-American War leads to the central focus of the book, the efforts of the United States Army Yellow Fever Board team led by Walter Reed to trace the cause of yellow fever. The authors devote several chapters to this discussion and how the research conducted by Reed's team led to measures that largely eliminated yellow fever from Havana and the Panama Canal zone. They conclude by describing the subsequent research that led to Max Theiler's discovery of a vaccine for yellow fever, while explaining why it is not possible to eradicate the disease.
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