At the turn of the century, a deadly disease-yellow fever-threatened American soldiers stationed in Cuba, and fears that they would bring it home left the victorious American army trapped on the island. In response, President William McKinley sent U.S. Army Major Walter Reed to study yellow fever. Within less than three years, Reed and his Commission had deciphered the disease and learned how to control it. Service in Cuba became safe: For the first time in four hundred years the disease did not threaten the United States, making it possible to dig a canal across Panama. Military medicine had provided a military, a geopolitical, and a social victory.
Jack McCallum, MD, PhD, is a visiting scholar at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, where he teaches in the history department.
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