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No book will be more welcome than this biographical sketch of the man to whom the world is indebted for the greatest medical discovery since that, of anesthesia—the knowledge of the direct cause and means of prevention of yellow fever. Born in 1851 in Virginia, Walter Reed graduated third in his class, before he was 18 years of age, from the Medical Department of the University of his native state. From this time on Reed's life was one of continual struggle, for his ambition was always stimulating him to prepare himself still better for what he realized, in an unusual degree, to be the grave responsibilities of the profession he had chosen. In a year after his graduation in medicine in Virginia, he had earned and obtained an M.D. degree from Bellevue Hospital Medical College. Then he became attached to several hospitals of New York and Brooklyn, and later received
Walter Reed and Yellow Fever.. JAMA. 1906;XLVII(3):224. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520030066030