Walter Reed

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Date of Birth September 13, 1851
Place of Birth Virginia
Date of Death Nov 22, 1902 (51)
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Walter Reed

Major Walter Reed, M.D., U.S. Army, was a U.S. Army physician who in 1901 led the team that confirmed the theory of the Cuban doctor Carlos Finlay that yellow fever is transmitted by a particular mosquito species, rather than by direct contact. This insight gave impetus to the new fields of epidemiology and biomedicine, and most immediately allowed the resumption and completion of work on the Panama Canal by the United States. Reed followed work started by Carlos Finlay and directed by George Miller Sternberg, who has been called the "first U.S. bacteriologist".

Born: September 13, 1851, Gloucester County, Virginia, U.S.
Died: November 22, 1902 (aged 51), Washington, D.C.
Allegiance: United States
Service/branch: United States Army
Years of service: 1876–1902
Rank: Major
Spouse(s): Emilie Lawrence (m. 1876)

About Walter Reed

American physician who worked for the U.S. Army and discovered that yellow fever was a mosquito-borne illness.

Before Fame

He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia when he was eighteen years old.

Achievement

His medical team's yellow fever discovery allowed for the control of the disease and paved the way for the completion of construction on the Panama Canal.

Family Life

He married Emily Lawrence in 1876. The couple became parents to two biological children as well as an adopted Native American daughter.

Associations

Scientist Robert Koch was responsible for some of the advances in bacteriology research that allowed Reed's team to investigate the transmission, prevention, and treatment of yellow fever.

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