THE AMERICAN PLAGUE: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History.
Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )
New York: Berkley, (2006). First edition - Although most U.S. cities in both the North and the South suffered through yellow fever outbreaks for 200 years, the worst in the history of the U.S. was in Memphis Tennessee in 1878, when Memphis became a 'city of corpses.' The federal government to finally determined to find the cause of these debilitating outbreaks. Work that took twenty years but led to one of our greatest successes in medical history: Walter Reed's work in Cuba that finally proved mosquitoes, not "miasma" or filth, brought on a yellow fever season. His work led to later development of a vaccine, the same one still in use today. Notes, selected bibliography. 296 pp.
Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.