The Secret of the Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical Sleuthing

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 104 pages
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Red oozes from the patient's gums. He has a rushing headache and the whites of his eyes look like lemons. He will likely die within days.

Here is the true story of how four Americans and one Cuban tracked down a killer, one of the word's most vicious plagues: yellow fever. Set in fever-stricken Cuba, the reader feels the heavy air, smell the stench of disease, hear the whine of mosquitoes biting human volunteers during the surreal experiments. Exploring themes of courage, cooperation, and the ethics of human experimentation, this gripping account is ultimately a story of the triumph of science.


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User Review  - mbklibrary - LibraryThing

A look into how a team of scientists discovered the cause of Yellow Fever. The book is arranged chronologically and contains a number of great and interesting pictures to go along with the information. Contains a great bibliography as well. Read full review

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User Review  - Julie_loves_to_read - LibraryThing

Very nicely done summary of the work done by Walter Reed and colleagues both Cuban and American to untangle the method of infection for yellow fever aimed at a middle-school audience, but accessible both to advanced grade-school readers and adults. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

To research this book, Suzanne Jurmain used primary sources of memoirs, medical log books and documents from the doctors who were actually involved in the conquest of yellow fever.  She lives with her husband in Los Angeles and has two adult children - and one large golden retriever.

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