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Walter Reed Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

WALTER REED
Born: September 13, 1851
Died: November 22, 1902
Biography
During the Spanish-American War, Major Walter Reed (1851-1902), an Army surgeon, became chief of a commission to study the origin and spread of typhoid fever in Army camps. Experiments showed that flies were the cause and dust and uncleanliness helped spread it. He then headed a commission sent to Cuba in 1900 to investigate the cause and mode of the transmission of yellow fever. He proved that yellow fever was transmitted by a mosquito. With this knowledge, it was possible to eradicate the disease by destroying the carrier. Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., is named for him.

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