The history of yellow fever : an essay on the birth of tropical medicine /

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Author / Creator:Delaporte, François, 1941-
Uniform title:Histoire de la fièvre jaune. English
Imprint:Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c1991.
Description:xi, 181 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Subject:Yellow fever -- History.
Tropical medicine -- History
Yellow Fever -- history
Tropical medicine.
Yellow fever.
Format: Print Book
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Notes:Translation of: Histoire de la fièvre jaune.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [171]-175) and index.
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In 1955, a seemingly innocent question on The $64,000 Question touched off an international furor. "Who conquered yellow fever?" was the question, and when the contestant answered "Walter Reed," Cubans protested. They claimed that Carlos Finlay had discovered that mosquitoes spread the disease, but that Americans had stolen his fame. In this closely researched and closely reasoned text, Delaporte examines the claims of the partisans of each man. He concludes that Finlay discovered that a mosquito spread the disease; Reed that the mosquito was an intermediate host for the actual disease agent. But those who write history or provide images of historical events inevitably slant the historical record, and the history of yellow fever is no exception. The question of who deserves credit became intertwined with Cuban-American relations. As in Disease and Civilization: The Cholera in Paris, 1832 (CH, Dec'86) Delaporte uses well the methods learned from his master, Georges Canguilhem. Extensive notes, bibliography, and biographical index add to the book's value to scholars and general readers. Upper-division and graduate collections. -T. P. Gariepy, Stonehill College

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