October 10, 1942

Carlos Finlay and Yellow Fever

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By Carlos F. Finlay, M.D., F.A.C.S., Professor of Ophthalmology of the University of Havana, Havana, Cuba. Edited by Morton C. Kahn, M.A., Ph.D., Sc.D., Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Cornell University Medical College, New York, N. Y. Published under the auspices of The Institute of Tropical Medicine of The University of Havana. Cloth. Price, $4. Pp. 249, with 26 illustrations. New York: Oxford University Press, 1940.

JAMA. 1942;120(6):489. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830410077032

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As the author explained in the foreword, this book was written at the suggestion of Dr. Morton C. Kahn in order to place on record in an English publication many facts that are not well known about the life and work of his illustrious father. The son has had available a mass of documentary evidence which proves conclusively that the elder Finlay as early as 1881 discarded all other theories of transmission of yellow fever and advanced that which was later confirmed by the United States Army Yellow Fever Board. Not only did he advance a theory based on careful scientific reasoning, but he actually reproduced the disease in human subjects to the number of sixteen in one hundred and two trials by 1900. That it required the work of the Yellow Fever Board to prove the etiology should not detract from the importance of Finlay's contributions, for they in

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