Major Walter Reed, after whom Walter Reed Medical Center was named, led the team that confirmed that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes

Walter Reed

This article is about the U.S. army surgeon. For other uses, see Walter Reed (disambiguation).

Major Walter Reed (September 13, 1851 – November 22, 1902), was a U.S. Army physician who in 1901, led the team that confirmed the theory of the Cuban doctor Carlos Finlay that yellow fever is transmitted by a particular mosquito species, rather than by direct contact. This insight gave impetus to the new fields of epidemiology and biomedicine, and most immediately allowed the resumption and completion of work on the Panama Canal (1904–1914) by the United States. Reed followed work started by Carlos Finlay and directed by George Miller Sternberg, who has been called the “first U.S. bacteriologist”.

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13 thoughts on “Major Walter Reed, after whom Walter Reed Medical Center was named, led the team that confirmed that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes”

  1. ElLocoS

    It was a cuban doctor called Carlos Juan Finlay that did the discovey almost 20 years before the Walter Reed Comission confirmed it. He did publish his results and even did human experimentation, but it was only confirmed after Reeds human testing experiment.

  2. rdldr1

    I still remember back when I read Little House on the Prairie, the father thought that eating watermelon caused yellow fever. You probably were attacked by mosquitos when picking watermelon.

  3. 303_matt

    Could’ve sworn it was transmitted via pornhub.

  4. Dendad1218

    There’s a book on it I think called “Yellow Fever”. It was very good.

  5. Cornczech66

    I JUST read about that in the book :The Great Influenza” by John M Barry

  6. teslacars

    That must have been a bad time to be a soldier. High powered munitions, no modern medical care.

  7. NastyMeanOldBender

    I used to smoke pot with Walter Reed

  8. ShamAbram

    He was also an enormous coward and let his men down. Reading the diaries of his fellow doctors is incredibly disheartening. Reed and his team all swore an oath that they would get Yellow fever and record the symptoms for treatment, a couple died and then when it was Mr. Reed’s turn, he wouldn’t commit claiming he had a family back home.

    You don’t make that sort of pledge and then back down, literally run away from the experiment, while members of your team die. Honestly, why we named one of our most esteemed hospitals after a gutless fraud is one of the biggest head scratchers of American medicine.

  9. slp033000

    Yellow Fever is FAKE NEWS and the government is TAKING MY FREEDOM by telling me to wear bug spray.

  10. ppw23

    They also have an interesting little museum, or theyvÿü

  11. AhFFSImTooOldForThis

    Native peoples knew that for a while but were dismissed as superstitious.

  12. Evercrimson

    Is that Bob Kelso’s great grandfather?

  13. onlyfeds

    Yellow fever caught form lily thai

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