Five Human Guinea Pigs

Sunday, June 18, 1944

Yellow JackFather’s Day on the road: We’ll drive, stop, drive some more, find a motel for the night and then repeat the whole process the next day until we finally reach Washington DC. We have no place to stay yet so I’ll probably bed down in a drawer again, just like the kid in “Moon Mullins.” As my father drives, he and my mother talk about the five brave men who came to Walter Reed when he was in Cuba and volunteered to be bitten by mosquitoes. If they got Yellow Fever, that would prove how the disease was transmitted – more important, it would show how the disease could be prevented. The 1938 movie “Yellow Jack” celebrated their sacrifice.

 

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