The Secret of the Yellow Death

A True Story of Medical Sleuthing

By Jurmain, Suzanne

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ISBN
978-0-61896-581-6
Publisher
Houghton


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on September 1, 2009

Gr 6-10 This medical mystery is extremely interesting, easy to read, and well illustrated with period photos. It's the story of Walter Reed and his team of U.S. Army doctors who went to Cuba in 1900 to study yellow fever and determine how it was spread. It was important in light of the United States's involvement in a war with Spain for Cuba's freedom and for future developments in South America. Yellow fever outbreaks, such as the one in Philadelphia in 1793, had...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on November 1, 2009

As did Jim Murphy in An American Plague (rev. 7/03), Suzanne Jurmain shows in this equally dramatic medical history that few diseases are viler than yellow fever. It was a terrifying illness to catch, marked by black vomit, yellow eyes, extreme pain, and a high risk of death. Yet, in 1900 Cuba, catching yellow fever was exactly what a group of doctors tried to do. Jurmain documents researchers' final push to prove or disprove the much-debated "mosquito theory...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

In this dramatic medical history, Jurmain documents the efforts of researchers in 1900 Cuba to prove or disprove the "mosquito theory" of yellow f...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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