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Yellow Fever: A Deadly Disease Poised to Kill Again

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2006 non-fiction book by James L. Dickerson

Yellow Fever is unlikely to be found on a list of potential health threats facing Americans today. Most people, if they have heard of the disease at all, would consider it a historical curiosity from a bygone era. In this fascinating study of a once-terrifying … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Nonfiction, Science, Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Plagues & Epidemics
Author: James L. Dickerson
Genre: History
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Date Published: April 4, 2006
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Could yellow fever threaten the continental U.S. again????

  • Jan 25, 2010
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If you are a student of U.S. history then you have likely read about the impact that yellow fever has had on our nation.  Most notably, a major outbreak of the disease occured in the summer of 1793 in the city of Philadelphia, then our nation's capitol.  When all was said and done more than 4000 of the Philadelphia's 28,000 residents lost their lives!   Most of Congress and even President George Washington were forced to abandon the city.  Commerce practically ceased and the wheels of our fledging government ground to a halt.  Those citizens who were fortunate enough to survive were indelibly scarred for life.  In "Yellow Fever:  A Deadly Disease Poised to Kill Again" author James Dickerson not only chronicles the events of that devastating summer in Philadelphia but also takes a look at how yellow fever outbreaks impacted a number of other major American cities during the 19th and early 20th centuries.  This is compelling and eye-opening reading to be sure!

I first became interested in the subject of yellow fever when I read the John R. Pierce and James V. Writer book "Yellow Jack" a few years back.  I wanted to know more.   Dickerson's "Yellow Fever" offers the reader a fairly comprehensive history of why the United States government placed such a high priority on conquering yellow fever.  Dickerson does not mince words when he describes the symptoms of this dreaded disease and offers an actual unedited autopsy report that describes in gruesome detail how yellow fever can ravage the body.  "Yellow Fever:  A Deadly Disease Poised to Kill Again" also introduces the reader to those dogged and courageous individuals who would be ultimately responsible for practically eradicating this disease including a Cuban doctor named Juan Carlos Finlay, the U.S. Surgeon General George Miller Sternberg and of course the U.S. Army Yellow Fever Board, a four man panel led by Major Walter Reed.

What worries James Dickerson and legions of doctors and scientists all over the world is the fact that in recent years there seems to have been  a resurgence of tropical diseases such as yellow fever in many parts of our country.  Most of us simply assumed that the threat no longer existed. The re-emergence of yellow fever is a threat that we in North America are ill prepared for.  But the fact is that over the past quarter century there have been increasing incidents of mosquito induced tropical diseases such as West Nile virus, encephalitis and even malaria reported in all but a handful of states throughout the country.  "Yellow Fever:  A Deadly Disease Poised to Kill Again" presents still more convincing evidence that the U.S government should  take this impending threat to the health and well-being of our nation seriously.  An interesting and well written book.  Highly recommended.
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