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Kelly, Howard A.: Walter Reed and Yellow Fever.v1.2 May 2012 Fever

This is a biography of Walter Reed, whose team of researchers uncovered the means of transmission of Yellow Fever, and thus how its spread could be contained and thus all but eliminated in many locations. The work was risky to US Army volunteer subjects, and it claimed the life of one of his associates, Dr. Lazear.

Dr. Reed died shortly after his return to the States from Cuba in 1902, not of Yellow Fever, but of peritonitis from a burst appendix. It had caused him illness all his life, but it was not suspected until it was too late.

Being a virus, Yellow Fever could not be seen under the microscope, so vaccination for it had to wait until the mid 1930s.

Even with both vaccination and knowledge of how to interrupt its transmission, it is staging a comeback in war-torn parts of Africa.

This is a book written in 1906, so it is out of copyright virtually everywhere.

His work was dramatized in the film, "Yellow Jack," as it was called at the time of Dr. Reed's researches.
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