The Secret of the Yellow Death by Suzanne Jurmain
A True Story of Medical Sleuthing

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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.


About Suzanne Jurmain

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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.
Published May 20, 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 112 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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With plenty of gory details, Jurmain recounts the six months in 1900 when Dr. Walter Reed and his team of doctors in Cuba determined that mosquitoes carry yellow fever.

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The Secret of the Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical Sleuthing is the tale of a team of scientists who, at the risk of their own lives, travel to Cuba where yellow fever rages in epidemic proportions.

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